Apollo 11 moon-landing tapes sell at Sotheby's for $1.8 million
CNBC - Sun 21 Jul 07:30 GMT

The only surviving recording of the historic 1969 moon landing was originally obtained by a NASA intern through a government-surplus auction.

  Apollo 11 tapes sold at auction at Sotheby's for $1.82 million on July 20, 2019, on the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.

  Sotheby's said Saturday that NASA videotapes depicting the Apollo 11 lunar landing on this day 50 years ago were sold in New York for $1.82 million.

  People celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in other ways across the U.S. on Saturday, including with "Run to the Moon" races and other festivities, the Associated Press reported.

  Sotheby's, which agreed to be acquired for $3.7 billion last month by a company owned by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, has sold several other items associated with Apollo 11 this month, including pages from the mission's flight plan.

  The tapes were recorded at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston and come from a Westinghouse camera the agency had commissioned to send footage back to earth.

  "Since the camera had to be deployed before [Neil] Armstrong and Aldrin exited the Lunar Module if it was truly going to capture their first steps on the surface of the moon, the camera was stowed in a shock-proof and insulated mount on the LM's Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly," Sotheby's said in the statement.

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