Iconic Billy Meier Flying Saucer Photos Up for Auction

A massive sale of space-related photos being conducted by famed auction house Sotheby's includes a rather surprising offering for would-be bidders: sets of purported pictures of flying saucers that were taken by alleged ET contactee Billy Meier.The images are part of a week-long online sale which began on Tuesday and features photos from a vast array of NASA missions including the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. For reasons unexplained, except perhaps that they are tangentially space-related, three sets of Meier UFO photos from the 1970s are included in the various lots up for auction,

According to a description by Sotheby's, the pictures were taken in Switzerland by the self-proclaimed contactee and "purport to depict an interstellar visit by spacecraft from the planet Erra. The auction house also marvels that they are "among the most highly publicized and well-documented images of UFO phenomena ever recorded." While longtime researchers may doubt the veracity of the photographs, their impact on pop culture is undeniable as Sotheby's notes that one of the photos "was used to create the famous 'I Want to Believe' poster featured in the hit TV series The X-Files."

More on this story, including the initial asking price for the photos, at the Coast to Coast AM website.