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Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-05-2006 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to tricorders, phasers, captain's chairs, and the odd tribble or two, Christie's "40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection" auction (Oct. 5-7) includes lots that borrow from real space history. A brief overview:

Lot 135 Starship Columbia's Dedication Plaque - A bridge dedication plaque, the gold painted raised photopolymer lettering on masonite backing, painted to simulate bronze -- 8¼x14in. -- used on the Starship Columbia bridge set in "Affliction" and "Divergence" in Star Trek: Enterprise

Lot 138 Club Wall Art - Five framed color xerographic pictures, comprising: a pre-production concept for Zefram Cochrane's ship, the Phoenix, in Star Trek: First Contact; a pre-production concept for Cochrane's ship interior; pre-production concepts for lifting-body ship featured in the main title sequence of Star Trek: Enterprise; a pencil sketch of NX test vehicle launch ramp from "First Flight" in Star Trek: Enterprise, all designed by illustrator John Eaves; and a NASA Foundations of Mission Operations poster, all -- 12x18in. -- all hung in the 602 Club set in "First Flight" in Star Trek: Enterprise. (The NASA Foundations Of Mission Operations poster in this lot was once displayed in the Space Station Mission Control room at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston; it lists the core values of Mission Control's flight controllers.)

Lot 164 Enterprise Shuttlepod Cockpit - A mockup of the forward section of an Enterprise NX-01 shuttlepod -- 113x94x68in. -- with both exterior and interior detail, exterior represents about one-third of the shuttle and is clad in particle board finished as titanium with bubble cockpit dome, simulated reaction-control thrusters, and ship's markings, interior features tube steel rib construction, prop control console, and walls lined with simulated control panels, includes nonfunctional pilot's joystick, which is a replica of the "rotational hand controller" used by astronauts to fly the real space shuttle. Many of the control panels have labeling that was based on the controls in the actual space shuttle. NASA astronauts and flight controllers who visited the studio reported that they felt right at home in this shuttlepod mockup.

Lot 317 Mars Mission Patches - Two embroidered emblems worn on the space suit costume in "One Small Step" in Star Trek: Voyager, one patch for the fictitious International Space Agency, the other for the Ares IV mission, which was one of the first human expeditions to the planet Mars in the episode.

Lot 361 Shuttlecraft Tereshkova Miniature Model - A visual effects miniature model of the Shuttlecraft Tereshkova -- 25x16x10½in. -- seen in Star Trek: Voyager. (Naming this shuttle after Tereshkova was not only in keeping with Star Trek's tradition of honoring great scientists and explorers, but it also recognized that Kate Mulgrew, playing Captain Janeway, was the first woman to play the lead role in a Star Trek series.)

For these and other lot descriptions and images, see:

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-09-2006 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Christie's press release
This week, fans and collectors from across the world converged at Christie's in New York to pay homage to Star Trek and take part in a unique three-day 40th Anniversary auction event that celebrated one of the most popular franchises in television and movie history. The extraordinary sale, that featured 1,000 lots of never-before-released official Star Trek contents from the CBS Paramount Television studios, offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a model, costume, or prop from the fabled archives. The auction totaled a stunning $7,107,040 and was 100% sold.

Virtually every lot exceeded its catalogue estimate and the auction total more than doubled pre-sale expectations. Saleroom attendees, some in intergalactic costume, battled it out not only against the banks of determined phone-bidders, but also against hundreds of online buyers who were utilizing the recently-launched Christie's LIVE® technology to fantastic effect.

Among the most expensive lots, models dominated the three-day proceedings. Nine made over $100,000 each, including an incredible $576,000 for a 78 inch long model of Starship Enterprise-D, used extensively in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, and starring in Star Trek Generations, the first Next Generation movie.

A notable costume highlight was Dr. McCoy's space suit from the original series episode The Tholian Web, which realized $144,000 and was the fourth most expensive lot of the sale; and prop highlights included Picard's Ressikan flute from The Inner Light, one of the most memorable episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It fetched $48,000.

Cathy Elkies, Director of Special Collections at Christie's says, "This unprecedented collection has catapulted Christie's across a new frontier. Christie's remains the leader in iconic collections at auction, and has also proven the universal appeal of its recently- launched Christie's LIVE® technology."

John Wentworth, Executive Vice President, Communications, CBS Paramount Television, says, "The ongoing passion and dedication of fans and collectors worldwide has impressed us yet again. We were thrilled to be able to bring them tangible, coveted pieces from our beloved 'Star Trek', and we are grateful to those who participated. They now own 'Trek' history and have made this auction a huge success."

With participation from Asia, Europe, Australia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, the sale was a truly global event, and was streamed live in its entirety on the History Channel website — and the website plans to re-play the auction next week.

The two-volume Christie's catalogue will be available at a reduced price of $60 for a limited period immediately after the sale — and can be ordered at

The top 10 items from the auction by price are as follows:
  • Lot 712 Starship Enterprise-D Model, $576,000
  • Lot 983 Klingon Bird-of-Prey Model, $307,200
  • Lot 1000 Enterprise-A Model, $284,800
  • Lot 978 Dr. McCoy’s Space Suit from “The Tholian Web” from The Original Series, $144,000
  • Lot 107 Starship Enterprise-E Model, $132,000
  • Lot 357 Starship Voyager Miniature Model, $132,000
  • Lot 493 Deep Space Nine Model, $132,000
  • Lot 998 USS Lakota Model, $132,000
  • Lot 497 Starship Defiant Model, $102,000
  • Lot 996 Klingon Battle Cruiser Model, $102,000

Astro Bill
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posted 10-09-2006 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Star Trek auction realized $7-million according to the following news items:
Star Trek Auction Beams Up $7M
'Star Trek' Auction Tops $7 Million
Star Trek auction a huge success

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