An auction over the weekend from a private collector brought in millions, including over one million just for the Star Trek items, with a phaser rifle only used on one episode coming in at the top of the list.
Original Star Trek items demand top dollar at auction
Over the weekend Heritage Auctions held an auction for private collector John Azarian, with years of his accumulated Hollywood memorabilia. And the item that brought in the most was the Star Trek phaser rile first seen in William Shatner’s debut episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” The rifle sold for $615,000, far outpacing the other top items from the auction including George Reeve’s Superman costume ($350K) and Sylvester Stallone’s leather jacket from Rocky ($325K).
This phaser rifle was featured in an excerpt from the recent book Star Trek – A Celebration, telling the story of how it was designed by legendary game designer Reuben Klamer, who kept the rifle until 2013 when he sold it at auction for $231,000. Bidding for the Heritage Auction started at $240,000 and rapidly climbed into a bidding war you can see online. $615,000 is one of the highest prices ever paid for a Star Trek lot at auction, and over twice as much as a TOS phaser pistol sold by Heritage for $250,000 earlier this year, or Picard’s Ressikan flute which was auctioned for $190,000 by Prop Store.
Other Star Trek lots also brought high winning bids during the Azarian Auction, including an original signed TOS Kirk tunic and boots for $50,000 and a Spock tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy for $45,000. The auction included a number of additional original Star Trek costumes including one of DeForest Kelley’s Dr. McCoy costumes which sold for $31,250, and a tunic worn by Walter Koenig as Chekov went for $25,000.
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