more than 8,000 times more than NASA's then trainee Gary George paid for them at an auction of government surplus in 1976, the auction house announced in a press release.
the sharpest and most accurate surviving video images of the moon's first steps, Sotby said. "Fifty years ago, we have achieved the greatest human achievement in the world, and what we universally remember about this event is best documented on these tapes," says Kassandra Hatton, Sotheby & Sotheby's senior vice president and senior officer in the books and manuscripts department, # 39; s. in a message.
The house did not say who bought the records.
The frame shown in television broadcasts on the net has lost the quality of video and audio with every transmission from a microwave tower to a microwave tower, says Sothis. went to government auctions for surplus, said Sotheby's. In June 1976, he paid $ 217.77 for many of 1150 magnetic stripe reels belonging to NASA.
George sold and donated some of the tapes, but he saved three of them after his father noticed that they had been marked with "APOLLO 11 EVA | July 20, 1969 REEL 1 [–3]" and "VR2000 525 Hi Band 15 ips ". He did not think so much until he discovered that in 2008 NASA was trying to find its original cartridges for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. The tapes have a combined working time of 2 hours and 24 minutes and show the entire lunar walk, as seen by Mission Control staff, from the first walk to the telephone conversation with the then president Richard Nixon, said the auction house,