Fatherly advice is something of value that most of us would adhere to. Recent news tells of a striking example of such value: A father's wise counsel to hold on to some cheaply acquired film footage should soon lead one former NASA intern to riches.
Buying and reselling antiques and collectibles is a commonplace hobby. You've probably heard of individuals who, not always for investment purposes, purchased items for a modest price and sold them later for big bucks. Just this week, CNN has reported that an ex-NASA intern named Gary George had purchased a box of tapes from an internal company auction in 1976. George had sold off most of the 65 boxes of tapes to various media outlets, but at the behest of his father, held onto the three boxes labeled "APOLLO 11 EVA | July 20, 1969 REEL 1 [-3]."
George decided to take those three boxes to a professional archivist after being contacted by NASA, who was interested in using the footage in a planned celebration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. Only then did he realize that NASA had carelessly sold him — for only $218 — the original footage of the first lunar landing in 1969.
The auctioning of this footage will take place at Soetheby's auction house on July 20th, the 50-year anniversary of the historic event. The starting bid is set at $700,000.
Historic photography and video footage often resurfaces years later. Just earlier this month, we saw a similar story about a man who long ago had purchased a box of old negatives from a thrift store, only later to learn that they were negatives from the famous crime scene photographer “Weegee” (Arthur Fellig). On a more grim note, a newer collection of images from amateur photographers beloging to the Nazi party in World War II was released in a history book early this month.
If something similarly undervalued fell into your lap, would you hold on to it or pass it on to your family? Share your comments below.
Lead photo via NASA/public domain.