Last month we reported that original art from the “Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years” collection was going up for auction as part of the Heritage Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction taking place in Dallas, TX on April 15th. But that isn’t the extent of the Star Trek portion of that action: also going up on the block are 37 lots from the personal collection of visual effects producer and supervisor Dan Curry.
Curry held a number of visual effects positions in the Trek franchise for 18 years, winning several Emmy Awards for his work on four series:
“It took me 18 years to accumulate the memorabilia that’s up for auction,” said Curry, “I was part of the small number of people who made up the ‘18-year club’ – people who worked on Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. I never really thought about assembling a collection for sale. They were just things that, for one reason or another, wound up in my possession, and I just kept them because I thought they were cool.”
Curry’s collection of weapons, creatures, paintings, concept drawings and props cross the block in Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment Auction. His martial arts experience helped him develop what evolved into the Klingons’ fighting style, Mok’Bara, and contributed to his creation of several of the shows’ iconic weapons including the bat’leth, the mek’leth.
One of the lots up for auction is the sword of Kahless (estimated price $8,000) from the Deep Space Nine episode of the same name. Made of steel, it has Klingon writing engraved into the two protruding side blades and with the Klingon insignia cut into the center, and the center handle wrapped in strips of brown leather. It is one of only two crafted by Gil Hibben, who also is known for creating “the Rambo knife.”
Curry also worked on a number of creatures for Trek including the “Distant Origin” Voyager Screen-Used Creature Model (est. $3,000+) which was designed and painted by Curry, and sculpted from modeling clay by creature sculptor Jordu Schell (Avatar). Also up for auction are some of the parasites from the TNG episode “Conspiracy.”
Also likely to draw major interest is one of the most recognizable props from the Star Trek franchise: the 1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Screen Used Enterprise Saucer Model from “All Good Things” (est. $8,000). This fiberglass model is the saucer top of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D was made by Oscar-nominated visual effects miniature builder Greg Jein.
Other cool bits from Curry’s collection include a screen used Klingon anatomy chart from ENT: “Affliction”
A concept model of the Borg Unicomplex from Voyager
And, a series of concept sketches for the Xindi Insectoid race from Enterprise
Online bidding is already open. Visit the Heritage site to view all the lots or click this link to see just the Dan Curry Collection.