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

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Star Trek: Phase II Command Dress

Presented below are some detailed photos of a very rare TOS-style Command Dress that was constructed for the ill-fated Star Trek: Phase II television series project (Paramount, 1977); an endeavor initially intended as a follow up to Star Trek: The Original Series that ultimately transitioned into the highly anticipated Star Trek: The Motion Picture feature film of 1979. This beautiful piece of Star Trek history sold at auction earlier today on ebay for an impressive final bid of $6668. The following pictures show the major construction details of this costume, which is in pristine overall condition and features a TOS 3rd season patch and braid. It is clearly identifiable as Phase II due to the use of an olive green double knit square weave fabric for its main body (as opposed to the diamond weave fabric used in TOS 3rd season costumes) and the presence of a Conceal brand zipper with plastic teeth (as opposed to the UNIQUE brand zipper with metal teeth used on all seasons of TOS Starfleet regular duty uniforms). A Phase II Nurse Chapel dress, which possesses identical zipper hardware and square weave fabric, was the focus of an earlier photostudy on this website that may be seen at the following link: http://www.startrekpropauthority.com/2008/06/some-photos-of-star-trek-phase-ii-nurse.html

Many thanks to long time Star Trek fan and collector Alec Peters, the CEO of Propworx, for his gracious permission to display numerous photos of this beautiful costume that he shot on a trip to inspect it in person.











Sunday, May 22, 2011

Propworx Star Trek Auction - June 4, 2011 - Preview

On June 4th, 2011, the California-based entertainment memorabilia auction house Propworx (http://www.propworx.com/) will hold it's second major Star Trek auction; featuring an outstanding offering of props, costumes and artwork from all television series and motion pictures in the franchise. Some rare TOS items in the sale include the red Starfleet dress and boots worn by actress Celeste Yarnall as Yeoman Martha Landon in the 2nd season episode "The Apple" (bid estimate: $10,000 - $12,000) and an extremely scarce Matte Painting used to represent the landscape of Starbase 11 in the 1st season episode "The Menagerie, Pt. 1" (bid estimate: $8,000 - $12,000). Other noteworthy items to be sold include Michael Dorn's gold TNG uniform jumpsuit, a rare TNG gold Dress Uniform worn by actress Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar, and complete screen used Starfleet uniforms from Voyager, Enterprise and Star Trek: Nemesis. Amongst the total 257 different lots that are featured in this auction; there is also an impressive selection of both functional "hero" as well as non-working hand props. The working pieces include an elaborate Star Trek: Nemesis Mark-X Medical Tricorder with many sequencing and flashing lights (bid estimate: $3,000 - $5,000); a Star Trek: First Contact Phaser Rifle with functional LED's on the power display and a lighted top scope (bid estimate: $3,000 - $4,000) and a Phaser Cannon from Star Trek: Nemesis with untested pneumatic and electronic components. Many padds, isolinear chips, non-working hand weapons, control panels and attractive concept art round out the auction offering. There truly appears to be a large selection of material that is affordable on any budget.

Propworx did an outstanding job in creating a beautiful catalog for the event that is free to all as a downloadable PDF format file at the following link: http://www.propworx.com/2011/05/20/star-trek-online-auction-catalog-now-available/

The auction will be streamed online via LiveAuctioneers.com and readers may sign up to bid at: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/25208. There will be no Floor bidding in this sale - it is strictly internet based only - but collectors can make appointments to visit the Propworx offices in California to personally inspect any items of interest if they wish to do so.

Below are some of my favorite picks for highlights of this amazing sale, featuring many auction photos with complete item descriptions ...