Apollo 11 Moon Memorabilia Sells for Millions in 50th Anniversary Auctions

Space.com | 7/20/1969 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing inspired more than just memories to come forward, but also millions of dollars for memorabilia from the Apollo 11 mission.

Three high profile auctions organized in celebration of the golden anniversary offered up thousands of items associated with the 1969 journey to Tranquility Base and two of those lots elicited bids into the seven figures. But not everything that was estimated to sell for millions successfully found a buyer.

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"Fifty years ago, we achieved the world's greatest human accomplishment. Today, space exploration continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people around the world," said Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist of Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts Department in New York, in a statement. "We are truly over the moon about our outstanding results."

In addition to Sotheby's, space exploration-themed sales were also held by Heritage Auctions of Dallas and Christie's in New York during the Apollo 11 50th anniversary week.

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Sotheby's led off its latest Space Exploration sale with an item that it described as "the best surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 moon landing."

The three reels of 2-inch videotape, which hold an incomplete but contemporary to the mission copy of the July 20, 1969 first moonwalk by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, sold for $1.82 million on Saturday (July 20). Three bidders competed for the reels for nearly five minutes on the phone and online.

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Sotheby's did not identify the winning bidder.

Former NASA intern Gary George's Apollo 11 moonwalk videotapes sold for $1.82 million at Sotheby's on July 20, 2019.

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The final sale price was 8,000 times the amount that Gary George originally paid for the reels among a lot of more than 1,000 magnetic tapes offered in a 1976...
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