Christie's to hold 'Star Trek' garage sale
By Chris Michaud
Trekkies will be setting their phasers to "bid" this fall when Christie's holds the first official studio auction of memorabilia from all five "Star Trek" television series and 10 movie spinoffs.
CBS Paramount Television Studios is cleaning out its vaults for the sale, comprising more than 1,000 lots totaling some 4,000 items, to be held from October 5 to 7 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series, Christie's announced on Thursday.
Fans and collectors will have a chance to acquire "Star Trek" artifacts ranging from models of the "Starship" USS Enterprise to Capt. James Kirk's uniform or Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's jumpsuit in an auction where Christie's expects to raise more than $3 million.
Other items to hit the block include props, weapons, prosthetics and set dressings unearthed from five Paramount warehouses.
Among the highlights are a miniature of the Starship Enterprise used in visual effects for the film "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country," expected to sell for $15,000 to $25,000, and a replica of Kirk's chair from the original TV series that was recreated for the 1996 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," which is estimated at $10,000 to
$15,000. EDITOR'S NOTE: OK....THE CHAIR IS SOMETHING I THINK I REALLY NEED FOR MY LIVING ROOM, YES?!
Fans with more modest budgets can train their sights on a host of Trekkie ephemera like the 10-inch Resikkan nonplaying prop brass flute used by Patrick Stewart as Picard in the episode "The Inner Light" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which carries a low estimate of just $300.
Cathy Elkies, director of special collections at Christie's, said the value of the objects was difficult to gauge because "we don't factor in that emotional fury generated around this kind of material."EDITOR'S NOTE: TACTFULLY PUT. I THINK THAT'S BRIT-TALK FOR 'WE CAN'T QUITE GAUGE THE LEVEL OF LUNATIC DEVOTION THESE ITEMS WILL INSPIRE'?
Past estimates for auctions associated with the likes of Marilyn Monroe or Jacqueline Kennedy, who enjoyed dedicated followings, have been far off the mark as actual sale prices soared to five, 10 and even 100 times presale projections. "Star Trek" fans, with their Web sites, conventions and clubs, have proven among the most wildly devoted in all of pop culture. EDITOR'S NOTE: YA THINK?!
"To several generations of people, 'Star Trek' was a cultural icon that represented our dreams, our hopes and our aspirations -- what we can become as a species, what we aspire to," said Mike Okuda, a graphic designer on four of the TV series and seven of the motion pictures as well as co-author of "The Star Trek Encyclopedia." "And to have a tangible piece of that is to have a tangible piece of a dream." EDITOR'S NOTE: AND IT WILL LOOK SO GOOD HANGING IN MOM'S BASEMENT! (SORRY...SHOULDN'T MAKE FUN OF MY PEEPS).
With the original captain's chair from the first "Star Trek" series in the Museum of Science Fiction in Seattle and the original Enterprise miniature at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, other items from the 1960s show could be the most sought-after at auction.
Okuda said many of the first "Star Trek" props were reused, destroyed or disappeared. But the auction will feature a mustard-colored mini-dress from the first series as well as costumes worn by guest stars, such as a gown worn by famed attorney Melvin Belli who played an evil alien entity.
"Star Trek" fans will get a peek at the collection when the memorabilia goes on tour this week in Germany.
Conceived by author Gene Roddenberry in the mid-1960s, the original "Star Trek" series debuted in 1966.
The last TV series, "Enterprise," set in the early 22nd century, about 100 years before the adventures of Kirk's five-year mission, ended its run on the UPN network in 2005.
A model of the Starship Enterprise-A, made form a modified plastic hobby kit
22x11x6 1/2 in. used in visual effects production for the film 'Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country' and in earlier Star Trek movies is shown in this undated photo.
A bridge dedication plaque made with raised photopolymer lettering on plastic backing painted to simulate bronze with raised lettering to simulate gold 10x14in. ,made for the Enterprise-E bridge set from the film 1996 'Star Trek VIII First Contact' is shown in this undated publicity photograph
In this photo released by Christies Images Ltd.2006, on Thursday, May 18, 2006, in New York, a jumpsuit worn by actor William Shatner as he portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the 1984 feature film" Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" is shown. EDITOR'S NOTE: WONDER IF IT COMES WITH THE CO-ORDINATING GIRDLE? (TEE HEE)