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US3 original NASA moon landing videos sell for $1.82 million in Sotheby's auction

02:20  21 july  2019
02:20  21 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Three original NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 moon landing are going to auction on Saturday at Sotheby ' s . The videos have the "sharpest" and "most The bidding for the videotapes will start at 0,000 and they are expected to fetch $ 1 million to million , according to the listing.

Sotheby ’ s is auctioning off three first-generation 2-inch Quadruplex videotapes that contain a total of 2 hours and 24 minutes of the historic space mission. According to Sotheby ’ s , the tapes are the only surviving first-generation recordings of the events made by Nasa . Amazingly, they were purchased by

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While the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Saturday, Sotheby's auctioned off three original NASA videotapes of the event for a whopping $1.82 million.

That's more than 8,000 times what then-NASA intern Gary George paid for them in a government surplus auction in 1976, the auction house said in a news release.

The videos have not been restored, enhanced or remastered, and are the "earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man's first steps on the moon," Sotheby's said.

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Now, the tapes could sell for millions . In 1976, the space agency unknowingly sold those tapes of original footage from the Apollo 11 lunar mission to a lucky intern who held onto them for decades. According to Sotheby ' s , the tapes are worth up to million . Bidding begins July 20, on the 50th

Three reels of videotape from NASA ’s Apollo 11 mission described as “the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moon walk” will The bidding starts at 0,000, and Sotheby ’ s estimates they will sell for $ 1 to million . The footage was among 1 ,150 reels that Gary George, a

"Fifty years ago today, we achieved the world's greatest human accomplishment, and what we universally recall about that event is best documented on these tapes," said Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist in Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts Department, said in a release. "We are truly over the moon about today's outstanding result."

The auction house didn't say who bought the recordings.

The tapes contain the images shown the world over: Neil Armstrong's first step, Buzz Aldrin descending the ladder after him and bouncing over the moon's surface, and the astronauts planting the American flag there, but the images are "sharper and more distinct" than those shown elsewhere, Sotheby's said.

The footage shown on network television broadcasts lost video and audio quality with each transmission from microwave tower to microwave tower, Sotheby's said.

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Three videotape reels of the Apollo 11 mission that a former NASA intern originally bought for just 8 is up for auction ahead of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing , and could sell for as much as The footage is being auctioned by Sotheby ’ s , and has been described as “the only surviving

According to Sotheby ’ s , a NASA intern named Gary George bought the recordings as part of a collection of 1 ,150 reels at a government surplus auction in 1976. He paid 7.77 for all of them. The bidding on Saturday starts at 0,000, and Sotheby ’ s estimates they will sell for over $ 1 million .

George was an engineering student at Lamar University when he interned at the NASA Johnson Space Center and occasionally went to government surplus auctions, Sotheby's said. In June 1976, he paid $217.77 for a lot of about 1,150 reels of magnetic tape that had belonged to NASA.

George sold and donated some of the tapes, but he saved three of them after his father noticed they were labeled "APOLLO 11 EVA | July 20, 1969 REEL 1 [--3]" and "VR2000 525 Hi Band 15 ips." He didn't give them much thought until he found out in 2008 that NASA was trying to locate its original tapes for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Sotheby's said.

The tapes have a combined run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, and they show the entirety of the moon walk as seen by the Mission Control staff, from the first walk to the phone call with then-President Richard Nixon, the auction house said,

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