Three original moon-landing videos of NASA were auctioned for a gigantic $1.82 Million by Sotheby’s as the world celebrated the Apollo 11 moon landing’s 50th anniversary. That is over 8,000 times of what was shelled out Gary George, then-NASA intern, in 1976 in a government surplus auction, as released by the auction house. The videos haven’t been enhanced, remastered, or restored and are the “original, sharpest, and most precise existing video images of first footsteps of man on the Moon,” said Sotheby’s.
In a release, the VP and senior specialist in Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department, Cassandra Hatton, said, “Fifty years ago, we accomplished the greatest human feat in the world and what we across the world remember about that occurrence is best recorded on these videotapes. We are actually over the moon with reference to the outstanding result of today.” However, who purchased these tapes has not been disclosed by the auction houses.
The tapes entail the pictures displaying the world above: the first step of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin getting down the ladder behind him and jump over the surface of the moon, and the astronauts fixing the American flag there. However, the pictures are “more distinct and sharper” compared to those shown somewhere else, said Sotheby’s. The tapes have an overall playing time of 2 H and 24 Min, and they display the complete moonwalk as observed by the Mission Control team, from the foremost step to the phone call with Richard Nixon, then-President, as said by the auction house.
Likewise, on the Apollo 11 launch’s 50th Anniversary, the gold medal flown by Neil Armstrong to Moon gathered $2,055,000 at the space memorabilia auction by Heritage Auctions. The 3-day event displayed Part III of The Armstrong Family Collection™ and on July 16, on day one, the Robbins gold medal was the foremost lot, where even the childhood teddy bear of the moonwalker was sold for $3,500.