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
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Admiral Kirk EV Suit from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

From Dec. 15, 2006 through Apr. 13, 2009, the California based screen used entertainment memorabilia dealer ItsAWrap! (http://www.itsawraphollywood.com) conducted a series of weekly auctions via ebay on behalf of CBS/Paramount that offered a tremendous variety of props, costumes, set fixtures, scripts and production related artifacts from the Star Trek franchise to a worldwide audience and collector base. Over the course of 121 weeks, approximately 9100 unique items that spanned the first 10 Star Trek feature films and the last four television series (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise) were sold. Additionally, perhaps 10 costumes from The Original Series (consisting of 4 or 5 light blue Technicians Jumpsuits, 2 pairs of Federation uniform trousers, a dark green Nilz Baris suit seen in "The Trouble with Tribbles", and 2 Tellarite jumpsuits from "Journey to Babel") were auctioned as part of the vast Paramount warehouse inventory that was dispersed. The ItsAWrap sales commenced only weeks after the historic Christie's "40 Years Of Star Trek" auction was held in October, 2006; which offered collectors a total of 1000 lots of screen used memorabilia, highlighted by a number of major starship filming models from the franchise.

Presented below are a number of detailed photos of an Extra-Vehicular activity Suit worn by William Shatner as Admiral Kirk in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). This costume sold on July 13, 2007 for a final bid of $12,600. The ItsAWrap auction description for the lot is reproduced as follows:

A costume featured in Star Trek I: The Motion Picture for wear by William Shatner in his portrayal of “Admiral Kirk” during the scene in which he reels “Spock” (Leonard Nimoy) back into the “USS Enterprise” following the mindmeld with V'Ger. The costume is an early feature films era extra-vehicular spacesuit comprised of a tan and brown jumpsuit with multiples ribbed elements, molded plastic accents to suggest technology, with gloves and gaiters that attach via clasps, and two separate EV packs, both inscribed internally ‘Shatner’ or ‘Kirk’. The EV packs are two piece elements, the first is connected at the shoulders and features molded foam ‘seals’ and untested internal electronics presumably made to power external lighting. The second piece is one seen in Star Trek I: The Motion Picture, a molded plastic frame with shoulder and waist insets for screw in bracings which are not present, believed to have been repainted orange and brown for use in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, with an added grip at the collar (remember “Khan” (Ricardo Montalban) lifting “Chekov” (Walter Koenig) off the deck?), and internal untested electronics, and sturdy shoulder straps. While it is clear that “Kirk” wore only one space suit in the feature films, there are two EV packs offered in this auction. The interior of the jumpsuit has been inscribed ‘W. Shatner’ as have the gloves.