The original video of the landing of “Apollo-11” to the moon was sold for almost $ 2 million

While the rest of the indifferent world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, and we were talking about why the USSR lost the moon race America, Sambisa – one of the world’s oldest auction houses – was auctioned off three original videotapes recorded during the historical events that occurred 69. For how much? Over 1 million 820 thousand dollars! It is more than 8,000 times more than I paid for them the previous owner.

What cameras were filming the landing of “Apollo-11”

July 20, 1969 buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong the first in the history of mankind stepped onto the surface of another celestial body. These steps were captured by a camera company Westinghouse, which was made specially for this mission. She was on the outer shell of the module. Before Armstrong descended the ladder of the landing module on the lunar surface, Aldrin included it and provided video from the Ground.


The Westinghouse camera mounted on the lander

Another camera on a tripod was used for further filming of other team’s actions “Apollon-11“.


Hiking camera for a walk on the moon

The camera shot and transferred at 10 frames per second through the antenna of the lunar module at the receiving equipment of the Parkes Observatory in Australia. Initially the recording was made on a large-format magazine, and in Houston carried out the recording on film, 2″ Quadruplex Ampex VR-660B.

The original tape from the Observatory later parks was lost. So today Ampex tapes are the only original tapes, which recorded the landing of “Apollo-11”.

First, these records were sold for 217,77 dollars (980 dollars with today’s inflation) in June 1976 Gary George during the state auction. At that time George was a Studen of the University and he was lucky to become an Intern at the Space center. Johnson of NASA.

After 43 years the new buyer has offered for the three original tapes of 1.82 million dollars.

As pointed out by the auction house Sotheby’s, the video remains in its original form — they are not restored or rewired. “They are the early, sharp and precise video images of the remaining first steps of man on the moon”, the report said. The total time of the videos is 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Watch video of the historic landing below:

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