An extraordinary online auction is underway at the digital art auction house Rarible. For sale is an NFT (non-fungible token) image taken from an alleged 68-year-old alien autopsy film.
The alleged subject of this procedure was an alien corpse recovered from an unidentified flying object that had crashed in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. The autopsy was allegedly performed by pathologists affiliated with the United States military. Presumably, it would have taken place at Roswell Army Airfield, where the body and wreckage of the crashed saucer were taken by a US military rescue team.
The NFT image, which was taken from a black and white photographic negative, shows what appears to be the entire body of a deceased alien being lying on its side on a medical table. Its appearance matches that of the famous “grays” of the alien abduction lore.
The NFT was put up for sale by the man who claims to have the original autopsy footage, London television producer Ray Santilli. He set an initial offering price of $1 million (818,000 Euros), or 450 Ethereum in digital cryptocurrency, for the print, which Santilli claims is the only one made from the original film and the only one made available to the public for purchase.
The winning bidder (if any) will receive all ownership rights to the fingerprint plus the actual physical copy of the 16mm film frame from which it was taken. They will also receive a copy of a memo released in 2019 that allegedly offers proof from a “CIA scientist” that the alien autopsy actually took place and that the image in question is of an actual alien.
The alien image went up for auction on May 30th and will continue to be listed until June 6th. So far, no bids have been made. This may not be surprising given the image\’s high minimum price and its association with one of the most infamous UFO-related hoaxes of modern times.
The true story of a fake or real alien autopsy movie?
The story of the alien autopsy movie begins in 1995, when the Fox TV network aired a special titled “Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?” Hosted by actor Jonathan Frakes, the special featured extended clips of a 17-minute black-and-white film of what was claimed to be a real alien autopsy from 1947.
Santilli claimed he obtained this remarkable footage from a retired US military cameraman, who filmed the procedure and kept a copy of the film in his personal collection for nearly 50 years.
The show was subsequently rebroadcast twice as Fox sought to capitalize on the high level of public interest that the film\’s release generated. While people were eager to see the film, it was met with great skepticism by pretty much everyone.
As expected, it was derided and dismissed as a hoax by UFO skeptics. The vast majority of UFO researchers also believed it was a hoax, although the UFO community remained receptive to the original Roswell crash story.
In the years that followed, Santilli continued to insist that the film was genuine. But with his claims almost universally dismissed, Santilli changed his story in 2006.
He admitted to British journalist Eamonn Holmes that the 17-minute film was not authentic. However, Santilli stated that it was a faithful recreation of an actual film of an alien autopsy, which was no longer available because the film\’s original stock had degraded. Santilli claimed that only a few frames from the original film survived and that he stitched them together into the fake film at undisclosed points.
Two of the individuals involved in creating the hoax film featured on Fox have confirmed their roles in its production. British special effects expert John Humphrey and magician and filmmaker Spyros Melaris (director of the film) explained how they built the model of the alien body. They filled it with animal organs purchased from a local butcher, which could be removed during the “autopsy”. The pathologists who performed the procedure were all contract actors, and footage from the 1947 newsreels was added to make the film look much older than it actually was.
Unsurprisingly, most UFO researchers and aficionados found Santilli\’s “confession” unconvincing. They believed that the entire episode was a hoax from beginning to end and that no original film ever existed.
The CIA Memo: Is It Confirmation?
In defense of his modified claims, Santilli has released in 2019 a memo written in 2001 by an individual attached to the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS). This private organization was formed by Las Vegas businessman Robert Bigelow and was dedicated to studying topics related to UFOs, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena.
The memo was written by NIDS physicist Eric Davis, who reported that a CIA-affiliated scientist named Christopher “Kit” Green had seen photographs of the “real” alien autopsy during a Pentagon briefing in 1987. Green said these images corresponded to what was shown in Santilli\’s film, and therefore concluded that the alien autopsy footage shown on TV was real (or based on something real, at least).
“I have lived with this film and the story that surrounds it for 30 years,” commented Santilli after the release of the memo. “When I first saw the CIA papers verifying the Roswell event and the Alien Autopsy movie, a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders.”
Santilli\’s identification of the memo as “CIA papers” is not exactly accurate. The memo does not come from an official government source.
But Kit Green is a true scientist. He is currently a professor of forensic neuroimaging at Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State School of Medicine in Michigan. Dr. Green confirmed the content of the memo, and his long-standing interest in UFOs likely explains why he was shown the provocative footage during his briefing.
But even if Green saw these photos, there\’s no way of knowing if they were authentic. Most UFO researchers believe that government agencies routinely spread misinformation and misinformation about UFOs and alien contact, to create confusion around this subject. If Green were being used as a conduit for disinformation, he would be unaware of this fact.
Hoaxes within hoaxes: but even fakes make money
The image that Ray Santilli is currently trying to sell supposedly came from the original film, not the re-creation which he acknowledges is fake. That\’s why he\’s asking such a high price for it.
The director of the counterfeit film, Spyros Melaris, has challenged the notion that there is such an original and authentic film. He claims that Santilli showed him the so-called original film and that Melaris immediately recognized it as a botched hoax.
Melaris says it was his idea to make the new and improved version of the original so they could make money by touting it as real in a TV special. They would later do another TV special revealing the truth about their hoax, earning even more money in the process.
Assuming Melaris\’ account is true, Santilli\’s desire to auction off the NFT image could represent a last-ditch attempt to cash in on this story before it disappears from public consciousness forever.