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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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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. Apollo 11 flight manual expected to sell for millions at moon landing anniversary auction .

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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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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 .

Sotheby ’ s on Saturday paid tribute to the historic moment with an auction in which three original NASA videotape recordings of man’s first walk on the moon recorded that day sold for $ 1 . 82 million , reported Efe news. The figure is more than 8,000 times the 7.77 that a NASA intern paid for them

"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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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

Former NASA intern Gary George recently sold the original footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing at auction house Sotheby ’ s . He scored $ 1 . 82 million from this sale CNN reports that George paid for the three videotapes in a government surplus auction in 1976. He paid 7.77 for 1 ,150 reels of

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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