Lost Chaplin Footage Sold on eBay for $5

Man bought can of nitrate film, was astonished to discover what it contained.

Last Updated: November 12, 2009 @ 3:46 PM

When Morace Park bought a can of nitrate film on eBay for $5, he was surprised to discover that it contained footage of Charlie Chaplin.

The inventor was utterly astounded when his friend John Dwyer, a former member of the British Board of Film Classification, told him he had discovered rare footage of the performer, and possibly an unknown Chaplin work. Unlike many nitrate films, the contents of this 1916 can were still intact.

Read more in the Independent U.K.