This is The Auction House reported in a press release that they had paid more than 8,000 times the price of then-NASA intern Gary George at a 1976 government surplus auction.
The videos have not been restored, improved, or revised, and are the "earliest," sharpest, and most accurate surviving video footage of man's first steps on the moon, "said Sotheby's.
" Today, fifty years ago We have produced the world's greatest human achievement, and what we generally remember about this event is best documented on these tapes, "said Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist in the department of books and manuscripts of Sotheby's in one "We're really excited about today's excellent result."
The auction house did not say who had bought the footage.
Buzz Aldrin pictured on the surface of the moon Moon.
The footage broadcast on network television loses image and sound quality every time it transfers from microwave tower to microwave tower, Sotheby & # 39; s said.
George was an engineering student at Lamar University when he worked at NASA Johnson Space Center and occasionally as an intern went to state surplus auctions, Sotheby's said. In June 1976, he paid $ 217.77 for a set of about 1,150 magnetic tape reels that had belonged to NASA.
George sold and donated some of the tapes, but rescued three after his father noted that they were labeled "APOLLO 11 EVA | July 20, 1969 REEL 1 [–3]" and "VR2000 525 Hi Band 15 ips". He did not think much about it until he discovered in 2008 that NASA was trying to find the original tapes for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Sotheby's said.