Yesterday at the Creation Star Trek con in Vegas, Propworx held a Star Trek prop and costume auction and both big wallet collectors and bargain hunting newbies were able to take home some nice pieces of Star Trek history. There were also some surprises, like Data’s painting of Spot fetching $7000. More details on the event below.
Star Trek auction attracts high-end collectors and first-time bargain hunters
Propworx, in conjunction with CBS held their Star Trek auction at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention at the Las Vegas Hilton and live online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Props, costumes, production artwork, concept drawings, model spaceships and set décor drew fans bidding live and online from all over the world. As expected bidding was intense on many items, like the only surviving translight screen (backlit panel) from the original Star Trek series bridge (Lot #3) which sold for an $14,000 and some 1960’s Leonard Nimoy Spock ears (Lot #2) fetched $3,000. However the most surprising subject of fierce bidding was was the TNG era Data Painting of Spot in the style of Pablo Picasso (Lot #70) which finally gaveled down at $7,000.
Data’s painting of Spot was subject of fierce bidding
Other lots of note included Lot #37, the Klingon Warrior Costume at $6,000, Lot #22, the golden Observation Lounge Model of TOS Enterprise at $7,000, Lot #11, the Captain Kirk spacesuit filming miniature from Star Trek: The Motion Picture at $8,000 and Lot #5, Sulu’s tunic at $4,000.
Although there were a number of high profile (and priced) items at the auction, over half of the lots sold went for less than $500, with many going for $50, including an original prop flask, of crew gifts from Mike & Denise Okuda and original drawings by Rick Sternbach. Many DS9 and Voyager ‘translight’ panels sold for bargain prices as well.
This TNG flask was one of many lots that sold for $50
During the event Robert Picardo, The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager, showed up to talk about his Doctor’s Sickbay Chair (Lot #203) which sold for $2,250. Speaking of chairs, Lot #96, Enterprise-D Observation Lounge Chair from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which is believed to be the only remaining chair with original upholstery, reached the $4,000 mark.
Bob Picardo (and his "Voyager" chair) at the Star Trek Auction
For the fans of the Star Trek: The Experience ride from the closed attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton, signs were the big winner, with two versions of Quark’s Bar signs fetching over $10,000 total (Lots 286 and 287). But bargain hunter’s could also find ST:TE items, like exit signs that went for $350.
2 Quark’s signs from Star Trek: The Experience sold for $10,000
A full list of lots and what they sold for can be found at liveauctioneers.com
The auction is over, but you can still pick up a copy of the hardback catalog, which is full of interviews, behind the scenes photos and more from Star Trek history. It is available for $30 at startrek.propworx.com/order-our-catalog.
And if you are a fan of Stargate or Kevin Smith’s Askewniverse, you should check out upcoming auctions from those properties www.propworx.com