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Giant Paramount Auction of Star Trek Items

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the scott-me-up-beamie dept.

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Alien54 writes "The first official studio auction of memorabilia from all five 'Star Trek' television series and 10 movie spinoffs, to be held from October 5 to 7 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the original 'Star Trek' series, was announced by Christie's on Thursday. CBS Paramount Television Studios is cleaning out its vaults for the sale, comprising more than 1,000 lots totaling some 4,000 items. Items to hit the block include props, weapons, prosthetics and set dressings unearthed from five Paramount warehouses, as well as many special and spectacular items highlighted in the various shows." Update: 05/21/2006 14:57 GMT by SM Several users have provided us with the direct link to the auction site for easy viewing.

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The nicest prop (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374760)

I want Shatner's toupee.

Re:The nicest prop (4, Funny)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374772)

I want Shatner's toupee.
Over.....my.....dead...........body.......Spock.

Re:The nicest prop (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375466)

Funny :) But the rhythm is more like this:

Over my ..... dead ........ bodyspock.

Re:The nicest prop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374829)

I want Avery Brook's toupee.

Re:The nicest prop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374918)

Spock's beard. It's instant evil.

Re:The nicest prop (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375614)

If you want instant evil, you could also become a career politician. ;) There's only one Spock's beard but plenty of public offices for you to run for.

Best Part of Star Trek Cannot Be Bought (4, Insightful)

reporter (666905) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374934)

I am a lifelong fan of "Star Trek".

However, I am not a fan of Star-Trek conventions. 99% of the content of a typical convention is whoring (a.k.a. selling) memorabilia: photos with the aging actors, cards, spacecraft models, etc. The entire convention is lined with booths hawking memorabilia.

Yet, the best part of "Star Trek" cannot be bought. It is a story about how humankind transcends the suffering and limitations of life in the 20th century and 21st century. The Enterprise's entering warp is a metaphor for our breaking the bonds of our limitations as we soar to a greater, better future.

The best part of "Star Trek" is the message of hope. (I have read the profiles of many felony convicts and have yet to come across one who is a Trekkie.)

Hope is not what Christie's auction will sell. This auction is a bigger, more expensive version of a typical convention.

Re:Best Part of Star Trek Cannot Be Bought (1)

Lucractius (649116) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374956)

rather specious reasoning to assume anything from the fact you dont find trekkies among the convicted felons being because its somehow enlightening... a more logical argument would invlove say, ex cons reforming as trekkies inspired by the show somehow... but i cant possibly fathom how myself...

Re:Best Part of Star Trek Cannot Be Bought (3, Interesting)

Atario (673917) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375042)

The best part of "Star Trek" is the message of hope. (I have read the profiles of many felony convicts and have yet to come across one who is a Trekkie.)
Not to politicize the discussion, but I'd be fascinated(, Captain,) to see how what percentage of Republicans and what percentage of Democrats (and of the other parties too) are Trekkies.

Re:Best Part of Star Trek Cannot Be Bought (0)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375043)

I am a lifelong fan of "Star Trek".

According to police records, 99% of the arrested pedophiles also are.

Legal and Moderator Disclaimer: While the fact is true, I'm not suggesting anything, and this is just attempt at a cheap joke.

Re:Best Part of Star Trek Cannot Be Bought (1)

kklein (900361) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375168)

Beat me to it. In fact, it wasn't too long ago that we were talking about that correlation on this here internets...

Re:Best Part of Star Trek Cannot Be Bought (2, Funny)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375413)

Yet, the best part of "Star Trek" cannot be bought.

The best part of "Star Trek" is the message of hope.

Hope is not what Christie's auction will sell.


No, no, check the catalogue. Hope is in there. It's item number 47. This auction really has got everything.

Re:The nicest prop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375003)

Sulu is going to want the "captains log".

I want (4, Interesting)

dasheiff (261577) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374769)

7 of 9's cat suit. :-)

Re:I want (4, Funny)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374778)

I just want 7 of 9, sans suit. I haven't seen anything creative out of her in a while, she might go for it.

Re:I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374807)

She was in Boston Legal's season finale, and Boston Public before that.

Re:I want (2, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374940)

"I haven't seen anything creative out of her in a while, she might go for it."

Well I don't know about 'creative', but Jeri Ryan was on the finale of Boston Legal. That must have been fun for Shatner. "Your motivation is that you're lusting after her. Just keep looking at her wantingly. Good. We got all we need. ... Cut! CUT!! I said CUT!"

Re:I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374803)

I thought it was paint

Re:I want (1)

drspliff (652992) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374808)

On lighter another note, how many pairs of fake 7 of 9 panties will be put up on e-bay?
On a much sadder note, how many geeks will actually fall for this and bid on them!

Re:I want (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374824)

Would most people here even know what a vagina smells like, let alone hot vagina?

Re:I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375179)

Where exactly did you determine what a cold one smelt like?

Re:I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375276)

Might have something to do with the Madam Curie t-shirt he is selling.

Re:I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374984)

"bid on them".
You misspelled "jerk off"

Re:I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375300)

unwashed...

Hmm, does this mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374770)

...Paramount won't be needing these objects anymore because it's only gonna produce prequel movies and series from now on? Let's hope not!

Borg implants? (1)

RockModeNick (617483) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374780)

They went through PLUNTY of them on the recent shows, maybe they would be enough that they'd go cheap...

Re:Borg implants? (3, Funny)

Paleomacus (666999) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375492)

I'm sorry to inform you that Microsoft will be buying up all of the Borg implants. Resistance is futile. We have beeeeeeeeeellionzzz.

I want (2, Funny)

yobjob (942868) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374787)

The big angry black thing that killed Tasha Yar.

Re:I want (3, Funny)

unitron (5733) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375048)

"
I want...The big angry black thing that killed Tasha Yar."

Sorry, Cheney's soul is already spoken for. Some guy with a contract printed on asbestos.

Re:I want (1)

bheading (467684) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375214)

Sorry, but that thing is no patch on the large flying pancake things that attacked Spock and exposed his emotional side in a gruelling climax.

If I can't have that, can I have the Crystalline Entity ?

LOLZSTARTREKKKK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374793)

Eww. A Trekkie yardsale. Reminds me of florida.

Dibs! (5, Funny)

payndz (589033) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374800)

I call dibs on the Enterprise!

Re:Dibs! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374827)

I raise your bid by 10 bars of latinum!

I know what I'd buy (4, Funny)

From A Far Away Land (930780) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374820)

A warp core. No wait, a transporter. These things are in working condition right?

Re:I know what I'd buy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374908)

Nope. Refurbished only. Anything not sold at Christies will be sold in bulk at woot.com the following midnight in a Trekkie woot off.

Re:I know what I'd buy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375259)

Of course they are in working condition (Batteries sold separately).

Gnome Technology; not failure-prone! (1)

freaker_TuC (7632) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375345)

The ultrasafe [allakhazam.com] transporter is in good condition but if you think it will never fail [startrek.com]? Better don't wear that red shirt when using it !

Re:I know what I'd buy (1)

jezor (51922) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375436)

There is actually a model prototype warp core, blue lights a-flashing, along with a picture of the Enterprise-D at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum [cradleofaviation.org]. It's the final exhibit in the History of Aviation, perched on the wall near the exit to the hall. I always appreciate the joke. {Jonathan}

I want to go... (5, Funny)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374821)

Just to see the time-travelling aliens bid furiously on the tox'utat, or however it's spelled.

ahh the smell... (5, Funny)

DilbertLand (863654) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374828)

Can anyone else imagine the smell in the auction room with lots of nervous Star Trek fans?

Re:ahh the smell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374838)

Are you implying something?

Re:ahh the smell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374842)

Would that be teen spirit?

Imagine Col. Kilgore saying, (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374911)

"I love the smell of sweaty geeks in the morning. It's that smell, that stale sweat smell. It smells like . . . .dorkiness."

boneheads (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374830)

There must be something about joining an **AA, lowers IQ or something. This is a pretty valuable collection. Sell it once,you get one pay day. Open a museum, add the props, have movie showings, interactive kiosks, etc, host conferences, what-ever, and have 365 paydays a year, for a *long* time.

Re:boneheads (4, Insightful)

Detritus (11846) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374927)

I think you overestimate the general public's interest in Star Trek. Most museums are doing well if they can pay their bills. They aren't money machines.

Re:boneheads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375645)


graceland would be a crude analogy to the concept

boneheads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375164)

Wrong series... You're thinking of the minbari, that's Babylon 5. ;)

Why Kirk is Better Than Picard (4, Funny)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374860)

FTFA:
Fans and collectors will have a chance to acquire "Star Trek" artifacts [...] Capt. James Kirk's uniform or Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's jumpsuit [...]
See? Kirk wore a uniform. Picard wore a jumpsuit.

'nuff said. :^)

Why Kirk vs. Picard is stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374917)

Sisko is a god. :)

Re:Why Kirk vs. Picard is stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374947)

Damn right. He punched Q!

At least Picard (2, Funny)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375171)

At least Picard boldy went where no-one in pajama's has went before.
When I'm in my pajamas, I don't want to step out my front door.
Kirk had a spiffy uniform. If I had a spiffy uniform, I'd go places too.

The horror (1)

BungeBash (971979) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374861)

So when do you think the lines will start for this auction. I say 3 weeks prior... What a sad and pathetic existence the trekkies have.

Re:The horror (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375008)

I would consider myself a geek. But the whole Star Trek thing is a bit over the top. Stargate...now that's a show.

If you leave now... (2, Funny)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375177)

If you leave now, we won't get out our plastic phaser toys and wave them menacingly at you.

I'll take... (2)

ka0sx (971008) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374894)

captains chair and a replicator... and a couple of phasers.. hmmmm, that would be enough... also the giant viewing screen, old STTNG epiosodes would look great on that!

I think modding one of the computer mock ups would (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374925)

be cool.

Not sure what would happen to the resale value, but putting a lcd display into a prop computer would be cooler than making a nintendo into a dvd player.

Re:I think modding one of the computer mock ups wo (1)

valen (2689) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375610)


  A guy I know in Sunnyvale, CA bought a bottling machine for his meadery.

  The day he got it, he spent all night pricking around with the interface to it, you know, where you set speeds, cork or screwcap, how much to put in each bottle etc.

  And, then just for the hell of it, he realised you could reprogram it. He added a LCARS type interface, for the main screen. Funny as hell. It really confused the engineer who turned up the next day to show him how to turn it on...

john

You can look at the catalog online (2, Informative)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374959)

http://www.christies.com/special_sites/startrek/ov erview.asp [christies.com]

Tragically it is in Flash.

I wonder if they have the dilithium crystals from "Mudd's Women"? If you ever need a dilithium crystal there's really no substitute.

Re:You can look at the catalog online (1)

ptbarnett (159784) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375662)

Unfortunately, all you can do is pre-order a printed catalogue. And the "special limited edition boxed set" itself is being billed as a collector's item, for $500.

The "regular" 2-volume set is $81.

Probably no real good stuff (3, Interesting)

Mike Peel (885855) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374964)

Hopefully, this is a sale of all of the useless bits of junk accumulated over the years - no real good stuff. The equivalent of a garage sale, where you're selling odd bits you no longer want, but keeping the useful/valuable stuff in the house.

I say this because Star Trek seems to have become an important heritage nowadays, and they seem to keep doing exhibitions etc. about it. Exhibitions would be rather difficult, and not very good, if all the interesting stuff was in the hands of a few thousand fans.

Of course, if it is decent stuff, I guess a single person / group could try to buy as much as possible, and open up a mini Star Trek museum, or something. That could be interesting.

RProbably no real good stuff-Set my culture free. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375251)

"I say this because Star Trek seems to have become an important heritage nowadays, and they seem to keep doing exhibitions etc. about it. Exhibitions would be rather difficult, and not very good, if all the interesting stuff was in the hands of a few thousand fans."

Oh I don't know. It would shut up all those "set my culture free" people that show up every time we have a copyright story. "Here's your culture. Now go away!"

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, (2, Funny)

gh5046 (217974) | more than 7 years ago | (#15374972)

as if millions of trekkies suddenly ran out of their parent's basement in glee.

Ressikan Flute (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374996)

I have a feeling that the Ressikan flute, estimated to sell for $300, will sell for much, much more. That particular episode struck a very large emotional chord from a lot of people, and that flute was the symbol representing the episode. If only I could go. :-(

Re:Ressikan Flute (4, Interesting)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375417)

You know, they usually take telephone bids. You don't have to be there in person. But you're right, that flute is going to go for way more than they think.

U send me star rek plz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15374998)

Plz send me star trek to me at ur convenience.

My id 4 to send is startrek@spambob.com

Oh man... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375012)

President Bush got word of this... It seems he now wants to purchase 20,000 shield generators to protect the mexican border, "some of those shuttle thingies" for NASA, and by presidential decree, NO ONE is to sell Dick a phaser.

-JDS

What's better than an Aeron chair in your office? (2, Funny)

Wiseleo (15092) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375061)

A Klingon Captain's chair.

I think it'll work marvelously in my office. :-)

Re:What's better than an Aeron chair in your offic (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375135)

Make sure you get it installed with the viewscreen and navigation console options.

Re:What's better than an Aeron chair in your offic (1)

EtherC (949222) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375159)

"Employees not recognizing your authority at the office?" "Wish you had a self-destruct button nearby... just in case?" "Then bid now on Klingon Commander Kruge's chair and finally get the respect you deserve!"

Christie Sale 1778^H^H01 (2)

buckleyc (578863) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375213)

Darn; so close. Now it would have been very cool if this had happened sooner. I.e., if these nerdishly cool collectibles (NCC) had been auction sale 1701.
Ya kno': NCC-1701

That $15-20K Enterprise model is a hobby kit!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15375349)

I thought that $15-20K for the model of the Enterprise (about 8 feet long, originally built for the first movie at a cost of over $250K) was awfully cheap, so I looked it up on the auction web site. It turns out that for an estimated $15-20K, you will get a 20 inch long, plastic hobby model which has been customized (presumably internal lighting and good paint job) for use in "long" shots (i.e. far away) of the Enterprise.

Caveat emptor!

I want uh...um... (1)

Istahir (975566) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375425)

I want a Phaser and umm...a Romulan Cloaking device....and uhhh....the holographic doctor :P

This can't be a good sign for future production. (2, Interesting)

YaRness (237159) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375515)

Anyone who's watched all the documentaries, Trekkies 1 & 2, behind the scenes, etc., knows that Paramount's huge collection of props gets reused over and over again from movie to movie to show to movie ad infinitum.

Are they offloading their entire collection, or only part of it? Does this signify any particular decision with regards to future movies or shows?

Boston Legal (2, Funny)

Animus Howard (643891) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375615)

...should have an episode where Denny Crane buys a phaser pistol from the auction, and starts carrying it instead of his handgun.

the little items (2, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | more than 7 years ago | (#15375632)

There are basically two variety of memorobilia collectors... those that want the big things, like the captain's chair or a wardrobe item etc, and the people that look for the little nicknacks. Probably the wisest collector would go for the little items, as they can have more of them and display them easier.

Hmm... I'm not a big trekkie but I can think of a few items that would be nice. That flue of Picard's would be nice. Maybe a few isolinear chips. A comm badge. (STTNG please, those from the movies are gawdy!) Or that huge hunk of crystal dilithium that was in the enterprise's warp core.

Get a bunch of the touch pads from the doors or holodecks and use them for light switch wall plates. :)

And of course the computer display props. From what I've read, most of them (the ones that were not animated) were backlit reverse-glass paintings. Those would make awesome wall decorations in a chosen room of the house, hang 'em like paintings.

I also hear the props in the captain's ready-room are very popular. hah... remember the episode where the enterprise had an alien computer virus and picard ordered tea and got the teacup with the what.. bird of paradize flower in it? "now THAT should not have happened!" That would be a fun one to have.

Probaly the most fun props to have are the ones that not many people will even be considering.

Though previous poster is right, that flute is going to go for a lot more than $300. I'd expect it to draw $1500-2500. Key props from emotional/memorable episodes are bound to go for a mint.
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