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ends potentially one giant paycheck for a former NASA intern who back in nineteen seventy six bought the only surviving tape recordings of the original transmission of man's first steps on the moon , the tapes showing these images of the historic Apollo eleven moon landing or to be auctioned by Sotheby's in mid July and %HESITATION estimated to fetch up to two million dollars that would be a pretty tidy profit for Las Vegas resident Gary George now sixty five %HESITATION snap them up for precisely two hundred and seventeen dollars and seventy seven cents when he was nineteen years old George telling Reuters he had quote no idea there was anything of value on them when he grabbed them along with a bunch of other tapes to sell to TV stations to record over after NASA unloaded them in a cost cutting move George's father noticing the Apollo eleven label on the reels suggested this might be once he should hang on to the tape show astronaut Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and images a fellow astronaut buzz Aldrin with audio of their phone call with then president Richard Nixon , it sounded images were transmitted by a camera deployed by Armstrong that remains on the moon's surface to this day