Nasa's original Apollo 11 moon landing tapes could sell for $1 million

Original footage from the Apollo 11 moon mission is expected to fetch over $1 million at an auction coinciding with the 50th anniversary.

Sotheby’s is auctioning off three first-generation 2-inch Quadruplex videotapes that contain a total of 2 hours and 24 minutes of the historic space mission.

The tapes include the moment Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar lander and uttered his historic line as well as the long distance phone call the astronauts had with President Richard Nixon.

They also show the American flag being planted on the moon.

According to Sotheby’s, the tapes are the only surviving first-generation recordings of the events made by Nasa. Amazingly, they were purchased by an intern called Gary George for $217.77 at a government surplus auction in 1976.



The auction is being held on July 20, 50 years to the day that the astronauts walked on the surface of the moon. It contains numerous other space artifacts including a pair of boots from Neil Armstrong’s space suit.

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