NASA Apollo 11 Lunar EVA Videotape Recordings
The earliest, most accurate surviving video images of man's first steps on the moon have been found and are for sale. Three metal reels of Ampex High Band 2-inch Quadruplex videotape that had been in the possession of a Lamar University engineering student -- who purchased them along with a lot of other unmarked tapes for just over $200 — were discovered to be the original, first generation NASA recordings of the historic Apollo 11 lunar EVA. The beautiful footage has only been viewed three times since 1976 and was digitized directly to 10-bit uncompressed files to retain the original quality onto a hard drive which is included as part of the sale. The recordings are available at auction from Sotheby's later this month.