This is more than 8,000 times more than what NASA trainee Gary George paid for them at a government surplus auction in 1976, the auction house announced in a press release.
are the "earliest, sharpest and most accurate surviving video images of the first steps of the man on the moon," said Sotheby's. "We have achieved the world's greatest achievement fifty years ago, and what we universally remember about this event is best documented on these tapes," said Kassandra Hatton, Sotheby's senior vice president and senior officer in the Books and Manuscripts Department, # 39; s. in a message. "We are really over the moon for today's outstanding result."
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The frame shown on TV shows and the network lost the quality of video and audio with every transmission from a microwave tower to a microwave tower, said Sotheby's went to government auctions for surplus, Sotheby's said. In June 1976 he paid 217.77 dollar for many of 1150 magnetic tape reels belonging to NASA.
George sold and donated some of the cassettes but saved three of them after his father noticed that they had been tagged 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 found out that in 2008 NASA was trying to find its original 40th anniversary landing tapes The strips have a combined time of 2 hours and 24 minutes and show the entire moon 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,