Online auction of the movie "Alien Autopsy"
A single copy of the controversial 1947 movie "Alien Autopsy" is being sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) at auction, with an opening price of over $1 million, or 450 ETH.
The Daily Mail reported that the 16mm-diameter film shows the aftermath of a supposed UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, with a strange body on the operating table.
A shepherd had found the wreckage and the body in July 1947, and reported it to the relevant authorities, who announced after examining the wreckage that the remains were from a flying space dish.
The 17-minute film contains footage and scenes of a person with a large wound in his right leg, large eyes and an unusual skull, surrounded by many individuals dressed in white.
The auction winner will receive the footage as a non-replaceable NFT digital asset, authenticated via lines of code, with a 16mm physical frame from the original film shot in 1947.
According to the film's owner, British entrepreneur Ray Santelli, the film is supposed to be "certified" by the CIA, which he obtained in 1992 from a retired US military photographer.
"I have lived with this film and the story surrounding it for 30 years, and have verified its veracity after revealing numerous US intelligence documents," Santelli said in the statement.
There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the film and its authenticity for years.
In 1995, footage from the film was broadcast on Fox as an hour-long documentary, Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction, presented by Jonathan Frakes.
In 2006, Santelli eventually admitted that the footage was a "reconstruction" of what he said he had previously seen and contained in the 1947 film.
Separately that year, a special effects designer named John Humphries claimed to have interfered with some footage and appeared in the film as a pathologist.
However, space billionaire Robert Bigelow obtained a leaked 2001 memo (obtained from the archives of former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell) saying that the film and the body were real.
"The film is original and the alien body is real, the same images Kate saw at a Pentagon conference in 1987, 1988," Green said in a 2001 briefing at the 2001 press conference.
Bigelow took advantage of his connection to former US Senator Harry Reid, who received funding for the Advanced Space Hazard Identification Program to investigate unidentified atmospheric phenomena.
On July 8, 1947, the Roswell Daily Record, citing a statement by Jesse Marcel Sr., reported that the Army at Roswell had recovered a UFO on a New Mexico farm after a light but strong metallic substance was scattered across the ground.
The newspaper reported that "the intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment Group at the Army's Roswell Airfield announced this afternoon that the field had become in possession of a flying saucer."
It stated that the remains of the wreckage belonged to an extraterrestrial vehicle. Although the army then returned and claimed that the remains of a weather balloon!