Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Christies 40 Years Of Star Trek Auction

On October 5 - 7, 2006, as part of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek celebration, Christie's auction house offered 1000 premium lots of screen used memorabilia featuring props, costumes, set pieces and models encompassing all 5 Star Trek television series and the 10 major motion pictures that had been produced to date. This historic sale marked the first time that CBS Paramount released part of its vast inventory of Star Trek production material at an officially sanctioned public offering; and this extraordinary 3 day event at Christie's Rockefeller Center branch in New York City realized more than double the pre-sale expectations with a total revenue of $7,107,040. The starship filming models were amongst the most expensive lots; with nine selling for more than $100,000 each, and the 78 inch long Enterprise-D model used extensively in Star Trek: The Next Generation realized an incredible $576,000 to become the single, most-expensive piece of Star Trek memorabilia ever sold at auction. Other notable sales highlights included a TOS Dr. McCoy space suit from the episode "The Tholian Web" (original airdate Nov. 15, 1968) which realized $144,000; and a non-working Ressikan flute used by Jean-Luc Picard in the TNG episode "The Inner Light" which sold for $48,000. The entire auction was streamed live on The History Channel website; and Christie's indicated that the sale attracted bidder participation from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia - which is a testament to the worldwide appeal of Star Trek. Below are some photos taken at the public viewings that preceded the event. The last photo shows the auction room itself during this historic sale ...