Von Braun's rocket blueprints on auction block

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun's early drawings of spacecraft, featured in a popular magazine in the 1950s to build interest in space exploration, are hitting the auction block.

The drawings by von Braun, whose team of German scientists came to Huntsville after World War II and built the propulsion system to send man to the moon, will be auctioned at the London-based Bonhams New York location beginning Wednesday.

The drawings of space ships, satellites and advanced computer controls - all signed by von Braun - were the basis for the 1950s "Man Will Conquer Space Soon" series of articles in Collier's magazine.

Bonhams officials say they could sell for $25,000 or more.

Auction house spokesman Matthew Haley said the papers are of interest to space collectors and a von Braun doctoral thesis on rocketry sold there for $27,500 last December.

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