Original videos of the Apollo 11 moon landing purchased by a NASA intern for $ 217.77 (£ 174.14) were stolen on Saturday at a Sotheby's auction in New York for $ 1.82 million. USD sold.
They were auctioned by Gary George to a government surplus in 1976.
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Welcome video for Apol lo 11 astronauts in New York Credit: NASA / Reuters
These tapes remained in the house. They represent the earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video footage of the first steps of the human being on the moon, "said Sotheby's phone call with US President Richard Nixon.
The tapes were taken with a Westinghouse camera commissioned by NASA to return the material to Earth.
The camera was placed in an impact-resistant, insulated mount and held Armstrong's descent to the moon's surface before being placed on a tripod.
Mr. George was an engineering student at Lamar University in Texas and an intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
He bought some 1,500 magnetic reels and gave little attention to the reels until 2008, except for three of whom his father noted were "APOLLO 11 EVA | 20 July 1969 REEL 1" heard that NASA was trying to locate the original tapes. 19659 019] The buyer of the tapes was not disclosed by Sotheby's.