Las Vegas man's Apollo 11 film reels auctioned for $1.8M

ABC News | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Film footage of the original mission to the moon has been auctioned for over $1.8 million, a report said.

Gary George earned 8,000 times the price he paid for the three film reels of the Apollo 11 mission, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday.

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Auction house Sotheby's handled the sale Saturday to a private bidder on behalf of the Las Vegas engineer and former NASA intern.

George bought a box of 2-inch (5-centimeter) reel-to-reel tapes in the 1970s at a government surplus sale for about $218, Sotheby's said.

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He planned to sell the box to television stations for recording stock until his father noticed three tapes labeled "Apollo 11 EVA" and dated July 20, 1969, Sotheby's said.

George discovered the content of the tapes when NASA announced in 2008 it was seeking missing recordings for the moonwalk's 40th anniversary. NASA officials explained they were searching for the original 14-track tapes...
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