The first week of new Star Trek auctions on eBay from It’s a Wrap Hollywood ended yesterday, bringing in about $72,000. Surprisingly only 67 of the 100 lots sold, the others not hitting their reserve (or minimum) prices. These unsold items had received bids totalling over $24,000, but apparently CBS Paramount and It’s A Wrap wanted more. The item topping the sold list was a Captain Janeway Command Uniform which went for $4,150. However, this is less than half of what the same type of costume went for in the Christie’s auction. Other Voyager uniforms sold well, averaging $960 apiece. The big surprise was the price people were willing to pay for dress uniforms from Star Trek Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis; two of which went for $3,505 each (three times what would be expected for items worn by background players). Other First Contact uniforms also went for more than expected indicating that movie costumes were suddenly more in demand. Oh and remember those skants? Well a gold one sold for $739 and the red sold for a whopping $993!
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Of course the aspect everyone in Trek collecting fandom who followed these auctions is discussing is the high reserves on so many items. Typically a reserve is set to protect the downside of an item at auction, to make sure that the item does not sell below the actual cost of an item, so the seller does not lose his investment. The Christie’s auction had no reserves, yet It’s a Wrap Hollywood had reserves set at the high bid realized at the Christie’s auction PLUS 20% buyer’s premium Christie’s charged buyers. Considering only one person at Christie’s was willing to pay that price, and that person won already, thinking you can charge the same at another auction ,and find another person to pay that price, is probably unrealistic. Its A Wrap’s Tiara Nappi tells TrekMovie.com that these high reserves were due to CBS Paramount who were worried that Christie’s winners would feel cheated if items sold for much less than what they did at Christie’s. However many items that were also sold at Christies had no reserve, and other items that didn’t sell at Christies did have a reserve, so for now it seems a bit random.
This was only the first week of the Its A Wrap Star Trek sale. Each week a new set of items will appear over the next 6 months. Despite Christmas being the slowest week of the year on eBay, It’s a Wrap Hollywood has put up another 100 items. It is not a great selection, but there are some gems such as a Tom Paris uniform and a Jem’Hadar Kar’Taken Sword. Yet again there are some items which seemed to be priced too high, such as a minimum of $1600 for two foam phasers from Voyager that are a bit worse for wear. It’s A Wrap also continue to sell separate Trek items at their site. Sales at that site are for fixed prices and so far it appears the higher priced items going slowly, but the sale has just started so time will tell.
The big sellers
Top selling items:
|Voyager Janeway Uniform||$4,150|
|ST II: Wrath of Khan, Captain Terrell Uniform||$3,707|
|ST: Insurrection style Dress uniform (white) command red||$3,505|
|ST: Insurrection style Dress uniform (white) operations gold||$3,505|
|ST: First Contact style Male uniform command red||$3,040|
|ST: First Contact style Male uniform operations gold||$2,750|
|ST: First Contact style Male uniform science blue||$2,425|
|Star Trek: TMP style Starfleet uniform||$2,400|
|ST:The Motion Picture Orange Radiation Suit||$2,125|
these items were just priced too high
Top items that didn’t reach reserve price:
|Next Gen Season 3 style Command uniform||$2,247|
|Enterprise MACO Assault kit||$2,200|
|Klingon Full Head mask||$2,000*|
|DS9 Romulan Tal Shiar Soldier Costume||$1,925|
|Next Gen Season 3 style Operations Uniform||$1,726|
|Enterprise Xindi Costume||$1,481|
|TOS Movie era White Radiation Suit||$1,475|
|Star Trek: Enterprise Half a Missile||$920|
|Next Gen Season 3 style Sciences uniform||$810|
|Enterprise style Klingon Disruptor||$785|
* no bids
Alec Peters has joined TrekMovie.com as our Auctions and Collectables Editor. Alec has been a Trek fan since the 60s and collector of memorabilia since the 70s (counting 3 Star Trek Captain’s costumes in his collection). As Founder and CEO of Auctionworks, he is also an expert in auctions and eBay. For more check out Alec’s Trek Auctions Blog