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

Monday, November 12, 2018

TOS William Smithers Captain Merik Roman Tunic from "Bread and Circuses"

Presented below are some detailed photos of a William Smithers screen worn rust colored tunic from the highly memorable 2nd season TOS episode "Bread and Circuses" (first airdate:  March 15, 1968).  This historic costume was seen extensively throughout the broadcast and is constructed of terry cloth featuring an ocher star motif.  Originally from the personal collection of TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss, this item is currently being offered for sale as Lot # 256 in Prop Store's upcoming "TV Treasure's Live Auction" of the Comisar Collection, which will take place on Saturday, December 1st, 2018.  The costume has a starting bid amount of $3,000, and a pre-auction bid estimate of $6,000 - $8,000.  Interested bidders may sign up to participate in the live event, which features a total of 61 lots of Star Trek Original Series and TOS-related memorabilia, directly on the Prop Store website at the following link:  https://us.propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/info/id/146/   A screenshot of this tunic as seen in "Bread and Circuses" is shown following the modern day imagery ...








Friday, November 9, 2018

Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Original Series Grecian Tunic from "Plato's Stepchildren"

Presented below are some detailed photos of a Leonard Nimoy screen worn turquoise green ancient Greek style tunic from the highly memorable 3rd season TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" (first airdate:  November 22, 1968).  This historic costume was seen extensively throughout the broadcast and is accompanied by its original green and gold metallic colored fabric belt, that has been accented with gold painted foil.  Originally from the personal collection of TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss, this item is currently being offered for sale as Lot # 301 in Prop Store's upcoming "TV Treasure's Live Auction" of the Comisar Collection, which will take place on Saturday, December 1st, 2018.  The costume has a starting bid amount of $10,000, and a pre-auction bid estimate of $20,000 - $30,000.  Interested bidders may sign up to participate in the live event, which features a total of 61 lots of Star Trek Original Series and TOS-related memorabilia, directly on the Prop Store website at the following link:  https://us.propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/info/id/146/   A screenshot of this tunic as seen in "Plato's Stepchildren" is shown following the modern day imagery ...














Tuesday, November 6, 2018

William Shatner Star Trek Original Series Grecian Tunic from "Plato's Stepchildren"

Presented below are some detailed photos of a William Shatner screen worn reddish brown ancient Greek style tunic from the highly memorable 3rd season TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" (first airdate:  November 22, 1968).  This historic costume was seen extensively throughout the broadcast and, of particular significance, was worn during the famous interracial kiss scene with Nichelle Nichols - a groundbreaking moment in American television history.  Originally from the personal collection of TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss, this item is currently being offered for sale as Lot # 302 in Prop Store's upcoming "TV Treasure's Live Auction" of the Comisar Collection, which will take place on Saturday, December 1st, 2018.  The costume has a starting bid amount of $20,000, and a pre-auction bid estimate of $40,000 - $60,000.  Interested bidders may sign up to participate in the live event, which features a total of 61 lots of Star Trek Original Series and TOS-related memorabilia, directly on the Prop Store website at the following link:  https://us.propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/info/id/146/   A screenshot of this tunic as seen in "Plato's Stepchildren" is shown following the modern day imagery ...









Sunday, November 4, 2018

Prop Store - December 1, 2018 Live Auction - Star Trek Preview


On Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 10:00 am PST, Prop Store's "TV Treasures Live Auction" will commence, featuring a large selection of Golden Age and modern entertainment memorabilia that has been part of the well known Comisar Collection.  A total of 61 lots of Star Trek Original Series and TOS-related items will be included in the sale; representing a wonderful offering of screen-used costumes, costume design sketches, miscellaneous jewelry and patches as well as a number of production documents and invoices that all originated from the collection of TOS Costume Designer Bill Theiss.  James Comisar was instrumental in organizing the December 12, 1993 William Ware Theiss Estate Auction held in Los Angeles by Butterfield & Butterfield (which was the focus of an earlier article on this website, available at:  http://www.startrekpropauthority.com/2009/08/william-ware-theiss-estate-auction-dec.html  ) and several of the items in next month's sale are making their first return to the auction block since being initially sold at the estate sale 25 years ago.

The highlights of the Prop Store event include both William Shatner's and Leonard Nimoy's screen worn ancient Greek-style tunics from the 3rd season TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" (original airdate: Nov. 22, 1968), as well as a TOS Klingon Disruptor pistol hand prop that features provenance from the Star Trek: TMP property manager Richard Rubin.  The pre-auction bid estimate on the Shatner tunic is $40,000 - $60,000; while the Nimoy tunic is estimated at $20,000 - $30,000 and the Klingon Disruptor prop has an assigned range of $30,000 - $50,000.

Interested bidders may sign up to participate live online in this exciting offering of Star Trek TOS props, costumes and artwork directly on the Prop Store website at the following link: https://us.propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/info/id/146/

Presented below are the original online auction catalog photos and descriptions for some selected lots of TOS memorabilia to be sold during this event ...