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 35+ 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

Monday, March 11, 2013

Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner Phaser Rifle from "Where No Man Has Gone Before" at Julien's April 2013 Hollywood Legends Auction

A spectacular piece of Star Trek history, the TOS phaser rifle prop wielded by William Shatner in his first performance as Captain James T. Kirk during the 2nd Star Trek pilot entitled "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (original airdate: Sep. 22, 1966) will be auctioned by Julien's Auctions as part of their Hollywood Legends 2013 sale to be held on April 5th, 2013 at Beverly Hills, California. The phaser rifle is accompanied by excellent provenance in the form of several Desilu interoffice communication memo copies from Gene Roddenberry to his colleagues concerning the weapon, an original signed letter from Roddenberry on Desilu letterhead to toy manufacturer Reuben Klamer who designed and created the phaser rifle in exchange for potential licensing rights, as well as a final design drawing for the prop that is signed by Roddenberry to indicate approval. This historic weapon measures approx. 34" x 14" x 4.5" and was created with an impressive level of detail; featuring a main three cylinder "turret tube" unit which rotates about its central axis, a spring-loaded trigger, a sliding switch to adjust the weapons force setting, a rotating black shoulder butt and a telescoping antenna mounted on top. The complete Julien's Auctions lot description is provided below along with many detailed photos of this exciting prop. Several episode screenshots from "Where No Man Has Gone Before" featuring this weapon are presented after the modern day images. The pre-auction bid estimate for the lot is $50,000 - $70,000.

Those interested in participating in this entertainment memorabilia sale may register to bid live online on the Julien's website at: http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/index.html