Another auction packed with Star Trek memorabilia will take place this weekend, as Heritage Auctions puts up the collection of the late model maker Greg Jein.
Greg Jein, Hollywood Legend and Star Trek collector
Greg Jein is a Hollywood legend who picked up Oscar and Emmy nominations for his work on many of the iconic science fiction projects of the 20th century. His work on Star Trek spanned decades, starting with the Phase II project in the 1970s. Working with effects legend Douglas Trumbull, Jein led the team that built the 50-foot-long V’ger model used in 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with the conceptual artwork and architectural shot model both featured in this auction. Jein and his company continued to work on Star Trek shows and feature films throughout the 1990s, and garnered an Emmy nomination for Deep Space Nine in 1997.
He was also a big Star Trek and sci-fi fan as well as a collector, amassing one of the largest private collections of Star Trek props, costumes, models and production photos, spanning from The Original Series through to the follow-up series and feature films. After he passed away at 76 last year, his family decided to put his impressive collection up for action. “Greg loved this craft — loved the whole world he lived in, ” says his old friend, Heritage Auctions’ Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena in a statement. “He was an inspiration. Being able to handle his collection is one of the most significant things I’ve ever done because I feel like I am the custodian of my friend’s treasures.”
The Jein Collection auction is taking place this weekend, October 14th and 15th, with online bidding already underway at Heritage Auctions.
Highlights from the Jein collection
The complete Jein Collection features 556 lots, including some iconic pieces of sci-fi history like an original Star Wars X-Wing model and a maquette of the mothership from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But the anchor of the collection is memorabilia from Star Trek, including a number of very rare or unique pieces he collected from Star Trek: The Original Series. Jein’s Trek collection includes two of the few surviving original models: the more than 3.5-foot-long SS Botany Bay model from “Space Seed ” (current bid: $60,000), and the Galileo shuttlecraft model (starting bid: $60,000).
There are also more affordable offerings available, including elements from the hair and makeup department. This includes a Captain Kirk hairpiece worn by William Shatner (current bid $2,100) and some Vulcan ears worn by Leonard Nimoy (current bid $2,500).
While Jein collected a lot from TOS and the TOS moves, there are also a number of items from the TNG era, including a Next Generation Picard Starfleet Uniform worn by Patrick Stewart (current bid $10,000) and a Voyager Seven of Nine Bodysuit worn by Jeri Ryan (current bid $21,000).
Bargain hunters can find plenty of lots available with no or few bids currently. Affordable items just from Star Trek: The Motion Picture include a V’Ger Art Director’s Shot Model (Starting bid: $500) and a Starfleet Security Officer Helmet (Starting bid: $600).
For a complete list of lots from the Jein Collection, visit ha.com.
You will also be able to watch the auction live on the Heritage YouTube channel…