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Firsthand Account of the Christie's Star Trek Auction

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the that's-a-lot-of-gold-pressed-latinum dept.

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DustCollector writes to mention a Scientific American blog post about the highly successful Star Trek auction at Christie's on Thursday. The props, from many different shows, went for far more than was estimated. From the article: "The auction board flickered in perpetual motion as dollars changed along with the equivalent in euros, British pounds, Hong Kong dollars and Japanese yen (what, no quatloos?). Picard's Enterprise-E captain's chair, estimated to sell for $7,000-$8,000, went for $52,000. Two prop wine bottles of 'Chateau Picard,' estimated to go for $500 to $700, sold for $5,500. 'That's probably a record for empty wine bottles,' the auctioneer quipped. The sale prices so exceeded the estimated price that absentee bidders--those who place a maximum and hope for the best--hardly stood a chance: I counted only two successful absentee bids in the first 124 lots."

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Shocking (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352693)

You know those guys we always used to beat up in gum class?

Yeah, they ended up with all the money.

I'm being sarcastic of course, I lacked the bicepts to ever raise a fist in anger/frustration ...

Well, you didn't go to spelling class either. (2, Funny)

attemptedgoalie (634133) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352703)

What *DID* you do in school?

Poking fun. :-)

Re:Well, you didn't go to spelling class either. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353287)

work was pretty fun. ralphy wanted to take me to mcdonalds so i went with him and ricky. ralphy has a 60's impala in what some call the," rat rod" style. that is, painted primer grey and looking pretty junky and in-progress but actually very well taken care of. on the was ricky was asking me why i never put him on a chalk board since i put everyone else and i explained that when ever we do a display with tampons or lotion i'll put his face on a board. the lady at mcdonalds drive thru didn't get the order just right and i was confused as to who had what and so forth so i was like," what is this? i had coke. is this water or sprite or what?!" i think i was a little too nasty cause ricky did an impression of me saying," fuggin micah, bro,' im an artist give me my coke!..awesome." oh yea, ralphy revved the engine at every stop, turn, yield, ect and rode everyone's tail all the way there and back. scary. back at trader joe's we ate our mcdonalds in the parking lot. ralphy left the doors open so we could blast the doors while we ate. it was very loud. then we talked about game shows and people we knew who had been on one.

Re:Shocking (5, Funny)

Osty (16825) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352715)

Yeah, they ended up with all the money.

But now they only have empty wine bottles, and Christie's has all the money.

Re:Shocking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353369)

"But now they only have empty wine bottles, and Christie's has all the money."

That's not likely. If you have the money to spend that much on empty wine bottles, it usually means you have a hell of a lot more money than that at your disposal.

Re:Shocking (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16352917)

I was always made to get rid of my gum in class.

Re:Shocking (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353265)

used to beat up in gum class

I think you got it backward. Gum class is where you go AFTER you get your face smashed in.
     

obviously (5, Insightful)

macadamia_harold (947445) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352699)

The high bids made me wonder just why people were willing to pay thousands of dollars for cast resin and foam.

It's not just "cast resin and foam". It's "cast resin and foam" that was in Star Trek

Re:obviously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353059)

Right now parent is mod'd as Funny, but context is a hell of big deal....

If you wanted to replace your kidney, without the idea of context, you could get away with just dumping in the chemical elements that make up a kidney, couldn't you? Obviously, doesn't work that way.

Similarly, code is just flipping some bits, which in turn are a few electrons. Electrons are cheap. Why should coders get paid? Effort is just a few ATP--we could just pay them absolutely and nothing more than throwing a few potatoes at them (hmm...that almost came off as a bad pun).

Frankly, I think some of the auctioned items went for cheap. These were essentially one-offs, with a clearly documented history both in terms of possesion (set to storage to auction to buyer) and video history. In any other auction set, such as the car world, that adds to the price (yes, even cars that appear in, say, a tv episode segment go for more). Why should this be any different?

Re:obviously (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355363)

Oh, bullshit.

You're talking about completely different things here. One is that there's more value in an object than in its components. Nobody disputes that a statue is worth more than the bronze it's made of.

But what the grandparent is talking about is the added value of an object due to belonging to somebody or being the "original" used somewhere. For example, underwear has a worth on a market. The same underwear is for some reason worth a lot more if it belonged to Marylin Monroe, something that IMO is plain bizarre.

Full scale models (5, Funny)

waynemcdougall (631415) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352737)

Full-scale models of the Enterprise-A and Enterprise-D dominated the front of the room.

Full-scale? That must have been a large room.

Beat me to it! (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352787)

Now, if only I was fast enough to find a Star Trek equivalent to the Magrathea factory floor. Unfortunately, someone will probably beat me to that, too, with an episode that actually shows an auction house that big...

Oh well, Hitchhiker's doesn't have quite the stigma of Trekkie.

Re:Beat me to it! (1)

Kredal (566494) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352945)

The Dyson Sphere from "Relics" was pretty close. think of Larry Niven's Ringworld, but a whole sphere that size. 1 au radius. Bazillions of planets could fit inside.

Re:Full scale models (4, Funny)

jcr (53032) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354317)

Full-scale? That must have been a large room.

Nah, the actors were tiny.

-jcr

Picard's Flute (2, Interesting)

bwave (871010) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352757)

No mention of the flute from 'The Inner Light' that Picard played. I was thinking of putting in an absentee bid on that, but I knew no way I'd get it. I think they first listed it for something like $300, then upped it to $800 because of interest. Can't imagine what it really went for.

Re:Picard's Flute (5, Informative)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352791)

No mention of the flute from 'The Inner Light' that Picard played. I was thinking of putting in an absentee bid on that, but I knew no way I'd get it. I think they first listed it for something like $300, then upped it to $800 because of interest. Can't imagine what it really went for.
$40,000

Re:Picard's Flute (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352911)

I've always wanted a 4,000,000 pennies whistle.

KFG

Re:Picard's Flute (1)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353001)

I've always wanted a 4,000,000 pennies whistle.
The best part about this one is that it is absolutely non-functional.

Re:Picard's Flute (2, Informative)

Teilo (91279) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353341)

Correct. A prop only. The dubbed music was played by Brice Martin [chiffandfipple.com] . We penny-whistlers have had an obsession about the Picard whistle for a long long time. Owning this thing is the ultimate prize for those with WhOA [chiffandfipple.com] Disorder.

Re:Picard's Flute (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355115)

It is, however, to Stewart's credit that he took lessons and did a reasonably convincing job.

I don't spread myself too thinly across the Web, but C&F is one of the places I pop in to now and again. I've never had the WhOA infection; I'm one of those guys who's been playing the same Generation for 30 years . . .but Busman only lives down the road a piece from me. . .

And his play, and cost almost several fewer pennies.

KFG

Re:Picard's Flute (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354343)


The best part about this one is that it is absolutely non-functional.
The first scenario that springs to mind is that the buyer clearly is a wealthy mad scientist that is planning to overtake the world with clones of Patrick Stewart. In order to do this he obviously needed a DNA sample, which he can extract from this flute.

Re:Picard's Flute (1)

scottv67 (731709) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354847)

In order to do this he obviously needed a DNA sample, which he can extract from this flute.

There's got to be a joke in there somewhere about George Takei extracting something from Shatner's flute...

Re:Picard's Flute (5, Informative)

IanDanforth (753892) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353015)

Incorrect

It actually went for $48,000. And at least to me that 8k matters.

PICARD'S RESSIKAN FLUTE - Lot 537

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/search/LOTDETAI L.ASP?sid=&intObjectID=4780101 [christies.com]

Lot Results

http://www.christies.com/auction/results/results_l otlist.asp?saleno=NYC1778&page=6 [christies.com]

Re:Picard's Flute (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353299)

I imagine that the $8,000 difference is the "buyers premium," a technique an auctioneer usually uses to scam money off the other end of the deal.

Re:Picard's Flute (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354163)

It actually went for $48,000. And at least to me that 8k matters.

...but for the guy who bid $800 I imagine it could just as well have been $48 million.

Re:Picard's Flute (1)

cerebis (560975) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355053)

In my best Simpson's Comic Store owner voice

"Best episode ever!"

That was one item I considered bidding on when Christies first announced the auction

Authenticate it! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16352765)

You better get some kind of certificate of authentication so your
parents can sell it after you move out of the basement.

Re:Authenticate it! (2, Informative)

tehlinux (896034) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352825)

ftfa: No jokes about living in parents' basement, please--these buyers can afford their own places.

Re:Authenticate it! (2, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352887)

Yes, but have they ever kissed a girl?

Re:Authenticate it! (3, Funny)

morcego (260031) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353005)

They can afford their own girls :)
*ducks and hide*

Re:Authenticate it! (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353201)

ftfa: No jokes about living in parents' basement, please--these buyers can afford their own places.

True. Makes me wonder how many of the buyers are going to either appreciate what they got or let others appreciate it, and not just use it as an investment or marketing gimmick.
IMHO, a few of these items truly belong at the Smithsonian.

Regards,
--
*Art

Re:Authenticate it! (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354229)

A very few.

Re:Authenticate it! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353241)

No jokes about living in parents' basement, please--these buyers can afford their own places.

It does not matter, we....I mean they *are* Trek Fans. Maybe they will snaz up the basement with the money.
     

Re:Authenticate it! (1)

jftitan (736933) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354475)

But after spending that much! How many had to move back into their parents basement? Huh? "Bring it Nerd Boy!"

Star Wars Sucks! (comical fun, please don't consider this a flame, or some effort to actually piss off nerds.)

Re:Authenticate it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353387)

Although a more pressing problem would be keeping your parents from finding out you swiped their cardit card. Maybe you could have the mail delivered directly to the basement for the next month?

FTA (5, Informative)

nihaopaul (782885) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352799)

Some notable items and sale prices, along with original estimates in parentheses:

-Borg alcove: $8,000 ($700)
-Borg mannequin: $9,000 ($800)
-Worf's Klingon baldric sash: $3,200 ($300)
-Six Romulan Senate chairs: $1,900 ($800)
-Type 2 phaser from Star Trek: Nemesis: $3,200 ($1,200)
-17-inch tall latex-foam statue of Zephraim Cochrane: $5,500 ($500)
-Captain Picard's black-and-grey uniform: $15,000 ($8,000)
-Borg cube model, 30 inches across (the small one): $80,000 ($1,500)
-Enterprise-E model: $110,000 ($12,000)

--
i got a picture i drew when i was a kid of the enterprise, i've priced it at $3 for cost of supplies, its coloured in pen to! taking bids

Re:FTA (1)

VoidEngineer (633446) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352827)

From the looks of things, it looks like the estimators consistantly undervalued these items by either 50% or an entire order of magniture.

Re:FTA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16352895)

From the looks od things, it looks like the estimators consistently underestimated the numbers of rich virgins by an entire order of magnitude.

Re:FTA (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352841)

-Enterprise-E model: $110,000 ($12,000)

That's odd. Maybe it's just me, but I thought the Enterprise-E was a 100% digital effects model? Why would they bother creating a physical model if they're only shooting the digital set? The only thing I can think of is a rough model to prototype the design before making a digital version.

Anyone have the deal on this, or do I need to run scandisk on my brain?

Re:FTA (1)

SDF-7 (556604) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352907)

It is just you. The Ent-E went 100% digital in later movies (I believe Insurrection was fully digital -- could have been a mix, though... certainly Nemesis was), but used a physical model in First Contact. Presumably, that was the version auctioned off.

Re:FTA (2, Informative)

istewart (463887) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353355)

The ramming scene in Nemesis actually used a physical model of the Ent-E's saucer. Everything else was digital, though.

Re:FTA (1)

captn ecks (525113) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352937)

It was actually the Enterpise D... someone misspoke.

Re:FTA (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352967)

no it was the E, First Contact used a physical E model along with its digital one. Only later when they changed the E did it become fully digital

Re:FTA (3, Informative)

DarrylM (170047) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352949)

"That's odd. Maybe it's just me, but I thought the Enterprise-E was a 100% digital effects model? Why would they bother creating a physical model if they're only shooting the digital set? The only thing I can think of is a rough model to prototype the design before making a digital version."

<geek_mode>
From the Star Trek The Next Generation Companion, the First Contact movie used minatures for most of the space scenes, including a 10 foot model of the Enterprise-E. I'm assuming this was the one sold here. Part of the saucer section was also built in minature for the crash sequence in Nemesis.
</geek_mode>

(Yes, I am moved out of my parents' basement.)

Re:FTA (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353227)

The 78" Enterprise-D model built by ILM went for $576,000. How low was its estimate?

Re:FTA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16354827)

$25000 - $35000. They were a bit off as were all the estimates. The original total was something like 2 million which turned out to be $7,107,040. Also add the $85,120 buyer's premium to that $576,000 and probably tax depending on where the buyer is.

Re:FTA (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353491)

> -Captain Picard's black-and-grey uniform: $15,000 ($8,000)

Fuck I hope that was laundered before it was auctioned off. I imagine it was worn quite a bit and I know I wouldn't pay USD15k for a sweaty jogging suite worn by Patrick Stewart a few years ago.

Complete listing (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352823)

I am wondering if anyone knows where I could find a complete list of items and their sale prices? I am curious what some of it went for.

So... (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352863)

How much for William Shatner?

Re:So... (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352897)

How much for William Shatner?

You get him, and the next thing you know, you're going to be hit by a crap-ton of paternity suits.

By women.

Alien women, at that.

Goodluck, buddy. Now, Tasha Yar on the other hand...

Re:So... (0, Flamebait)

technos (73414) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352991)

Well, considering Shatner is Priceline's whore for about $6 million, my bet is you could own him lock, stock, and toupee for about ten.

He became spokesman for a one time payment of 125K shares in the company. He sold off 35K @ $90, or $3.15 million, and has 90K outstanding @ the potential price today of 38.50, or $3.47 million.

Must be nice to have such high standards.. (5, Insightful)

Lactoso (853587) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353103)

"Well, considering Shatner is Priceline's whore for about $6 million"

'whore'? I think you need to hold either the higher moral or economic ground to make that kind of statement. I 'whored' myself out to former employers for considerably less. :-(

Re:So... (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353263)

William Shatner is free, but there's a $3,000,000 fee if^h^hwhen you return him.

Re:So... (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354245)

How much for William Shatner?

That prop hasn't aged so well in Paramount's storage. Now instead of saying things like "beam me up Scotty", it says nothing but "Denny Crane!" over and over.

Funding (4, Insightful)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352865)

So... wait. People are willing to pay a grand total of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the old props, right...?

How much does it cost to make a season of Star Trek?

Re:Funding (1)

GNU(slash)Nickname (761984) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354501)

Hundreds of thousands? Try $7,107,040 USD.

Re:Funding (1)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354943)

Well, the price just went up; they have to buy a whole new set of props! Unless you want some K/S slash movie shot near The Vazquez Peaks.

And yes, smartasses -- but their basement is roomy...

Bemopolis

Estimates are bogus. (4, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352883)

The Summary:
The props, from many different shows, went for far more than was estimated.


Appraisers working for auctions routinely set estimates lower than what they really expect the item will fetch at auction - both to encourage bidders to step up to the plate early on and so the auction can claim to get "much higher prices" than expected, thus enforcing the Christie's premium name to sellers/estates who are thinking of consigning items there. Afterall, they have to compete with Sothebys.

And if it turns out to be a very bad auction, at worst, they'll probably just hit estimates - and that doesn't sound as bad P/R wise than missing estimates entirely.

Re:Estimates are bogus. (1)

Ninjaesque One (902204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353023)

Use your own judgement: Would you have expected a 10-foot piece of foam to go for the price of a house in Wyoming or some random god-forsaken place?

Interesting comment about currencies. (2, Funny)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352891)

I found the number of currencies used interesting, and can imagine the work needed to get them converted back and forth fast enough to keep up with the action. One thing, though, there was no mention of bars of gold-pressed latinum.

Re:Interesting comment about currencies. (2, Funny)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353525)

One thing, though, there was no mention of bars of gold-pressed latinum.

This was essentially a memorabilia auction, and as such consisted mainly of props and not metals/currency. For the current prices of metals, you may want to look to the New York Mercantile Exchange, and google for precious metals retailers. I'd give you a direct link for gold-pressed latinum, but I think my computer is acting up, as I can't seem to find a good one just now.

"Computer, what are the nearest sources of gold-pressed latinum" yields no results, for me.

Re:Interesting comment about currencies. (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354285)

"Computer, what are the nearest sources of gold-pressed latinum" yields no results, for me.

Well there's your problem. You asked it for sources of GPL, not where you could acquire it. Your computer doing a search of the entire Glactinet to check each and every planet for GPL ore deposits or mining, so that it could then sort by distance. Your petaQ Pentium would take approximately three months to finish that search, and that's only if you had a 100Mbit fiber connection.

Re:Interesting comment about currencies. (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355449)

Of course there were no bars of gold-pressed latinum for sale. I was a tad surprised that there were no bids of the form "five bars of gold-pressed latinum." After all, they were used as a currency.

Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

Entropy (6967) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352927)

.. the formula for transparent aluminum.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

GFree (853379) | more than 7 years ago | (#16352995)

But then you'd be altering the future!

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

htnprm (176191) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353041)

How do you know he wasn't the one who invented the stuff?

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

cerebis (560975) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355091)

I would have beat you to that reply, but my computer only had this quaint mouse interface.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

Elrond, Duke of URL (2657) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353051)

Perhaps, but how do we know that Entropy didn't invent the thing?

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

elmCitySlim (957476) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353027)

Too bad it'd take years to figure out the dynamics of its matrix. But when you do, you'd be rich beyond the dreams of Averase.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353039)


You want it. here it is.

Al2O3, also known as Transparent alumina.

You people should know full well most of Gene's ideas were BASED on real science. Transporters, Tractor Beam, Deuterium, Antimater are all real.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy...darn geeks (1)

daemonenwind (178848) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353061)

What, you couldn't say Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Jeri Ryan, Majel Barrett?

Get out of the basement, man.

Sheesh.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy...darn geeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353425)

Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Jeri Ryan, Majel Barrett?

Let me be the first to say... MAJEL BARRETT!?
One of these things, is not like the other things ...
One of these things, does not quite belong ...

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy...darn geeks (2, Insightful)

isometrick (817436) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353793)

You are clearly not enough of a geek. Majel Barrett would totally be a score, just get her to record some kickass login sounds for your PC. Or record all of your PBX prompts:

"This phone will self-destruct in 5 seconds."

You'd be the envy of Slashdot.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy...darn geeks (1)

rackrent (160690) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354027)

Majel Barrett was also Nurse Chapel in TOS (as if you didn't know).

She was quite pretty, then.

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy...darn geeks (1)

scottv67 (731709) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355017)

Majel Barrett was also Nurse Chapel in TOS (as if you didn't know).
She was quite pretty, then.

Dude, "then" was before I was born...

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

ATinyMouse (703798) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353127)

I love ST4 and besides the scenes with Spock trying to use "colorful metaphors," my favorite scene is when Mccoy hands Scotty the mouse who then tries to talk to the computer with it. I laugh every time I see that. Even better is when Nichols tells Scotty to use the keyboard who then starts typing away on it like he has used a QWERTY keyboard his whole life... That movie is simply a classic!

Re:Forget all the props, I'd be happy with .. (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353539)

I love ST4 and besides the scenes with Spock trying to use "colorful metaphors," my favorite scene is when Mccoy hands Scotty the mouse who then tries to talk to the computer with it.

I still love Scotty's line: "You're still working with polymers?!?"

What to do? (2, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353079)

Cure world hunger or bid on an original Enterprise model. Decisions, decisions.

Re:What to do? (1)

c0d3r (156687) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353099)

Try the peace corps.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353087)

I have a friend (a collector) with an original printed copy of the scripts from the original Star Trek, (a set probably used during the filming given the written markings on them) including one for each episode. I think one or two of them have a signature from by Gene Roddenberry. When he got them, he was excited, thinking they might be worth a few thousand... seeing this. wow... might be more.

Warp Speed IP (1)

c0d3r (156687) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353093)

How much for the attorney fees for the patent to Warp Speed engines that have been made public domain from the outset? What about for the IP to improbability engines?

That's a lot of money.... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16353119)

Lot #712 Selling Price: $576,000

Lot Title STARSHIP ENTERPRISE-D
Estimate 25,000 - 35,000 U.S. dollars
Lot Description STARSHIP ENTERPRISE-D
The hero visual effects miniature of the Starship Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation, fiber-reinforced cast resin construction with internal neon lighting [untested] on an aluminum armature with motion control mounts, with motion-control mounting hardware, power supply box [untested] marked "obsolete" and box marked "neon lights" -- 78x59½x14½in. -- built by the Industrial Light and Magic Model Shop for "Encounter At Farpoint," the pilot movie for Star Trek: The Next Generation, featured in the show's main title sequence and in many subsequent episodes, later refurbished for its starring role in Star Trek Generations, the first movie with the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast, some lettering on the saucer has been restored subsequent to filming Star Trek Generations
Lot Notes The sleekly-elegant Starship Enterprise-D was the brainchild of Consulting Senior Illustrator Andrew Probert, whose film and television work includes Tron, Airwolf, Back to the Future, and the original Battlestar Galactica. Probert updated Matt Jefferies' classic Enterprise design, giving it a biomorphic elegance, melded with Probert's signature attention to functional details.

That's rediculous for a prop that doesn't serve any functions.

They made over 7 million in this auction of 1000 items, btw.

Re:That's a lot of money.... (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355153)

Lot #712 Selling Price: $576,000

Lot Title STARSHIP ENTERPRISE-D

built by the Industrial Light and Magic Model Shop for "Encounter At Farpoint," the pilot movie for Star Trek: The Next Generation, featured in the show's main title sequence and in many subsequent episodes

That's rediculous for a prop that doesn't serve any functions.

It's... the... ENTERPRISE. The starship Enterprise. Galaxy-class, NCC-1701-D. The actual Enterprise, the one on the screen, this is it. It's not just some prop they used once or twice, it's the STARSHIP. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no-one has gone before.

This is up there with... I don't know. The actual model Enterprise used in all the space scenes from Star Trek... as geek memorabilia goes, this is like having the complete original Darth Vader costume, or the sketchpad on which someone at Nintendo first outlined Donkey Kong, or the sexual favours of Sarah Jane Smith. It's absolutely priceless. Half a million? I'm not surprised at all, I just wish I was that rich.

If I had that kinda money... (2, Funny)

r_bertram42 (976855) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353153)

I'd hire Bill Shatner to sing me a "happy birthday" song. Will be worth every penny (or quatloo)!

Re:If I had that kinda money... (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353255)

I'd hire Bill Shatner to sing me a "happy birthday" song. Will be worth every penny

I don't know dude. Based in his previous commericial recording experiments, I don't think I want to be there when he hits a note that no man has hit before.
   

Re:If I had that kinda money... (1)

PygmySurfer (442860) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353531)

I don't think I want to be there when he hits a note that no man has hit before.

Would that be this note [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:If I had that kinda money... (1)

r_bertram42 (976855) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353575)

I'm just saying, it's something that I'm gonna remember for ever! Well, at least until I'm senile.

Bad memories are memories too, you know! They have rights!

Re:If I had that kinda money... (1)

21st Century Peon (812997) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354813)

"Happy; birth, day... to -

Khaaaaaaaan!!!

Somewhere in the Universe (4, Funny)

ndogg (158021) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353233)

A ferengi is crying happy tears.

A three hour tour (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353281)

Have other TV shows had this kind of frenzy? Like how much would Maryann's original shorts go for? Lotta memories in those babies.
     

Re:A three hour tour (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353563)

Have other TV shows had this kind of frenzy? Like how much would Maryann's original shorts go for?

Maryann who? I don't remember her, was that from some boring episode of Enterprise that I didn't bother to watch? Scott Bakula never did much for me, after Quantum Leap, anyway.

Kivas Fajo's Costume? (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353521)

I wonder if the auctioned off the costume of the character Kivas Fajo [memory-alpha.org] from the TNG episode "The Most Toys"? It would have been an appropriate acquisition for these bidders under the cirumstances.

Wouldn't it be cheaper... (1)

PietjeJantje (917584) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353815)

Wouldn't it be much cheaper to hire the prop makers?

They could have doubled the take... (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16353845)

All they would have had to offer were some of Marina Sirtis's & Denise Crosby's "gently used" undergarments.

LK

This auction shows... (1)

sinij (911942) | more than 7 years ago | (#16354467)

To me this auction shows that Star Treck is still very strong brand and is very capable of producing popular shows given that it stays true to its theme.

What I want to know is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16354671)

What about the ladies? (1)

AubieTurtle (743744) | more than 7 years ago | (#16355453)

Ashley Judd was in an early episode of TNG, did they auction her off?

I suspect that she would go for quite a bit more than Kirstie Alley.
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