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

Friday, June 28, 2024

The 2 Foot Galileo Shuttlecraft Filming Miniature from Star Trek: The Original Series

The single most expensive piece of Star Trek memorabilia that sold in last fall's Heritage Auctions October 14-15, 2023 Greg Jein Collection Auction was Lot #89150, the 22" long TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft filming miniature, which witnessed a final price of $225,000 (including a 25% buyers premium) on a high bid of $180,000.  

Presented below is the complete Heritage auction catalog description, with accompanying photos, for this iconic piece of Star Trek history, as well as several images of the Galileo model on display at The Greg Jein Collection Auction Exhibit that was set up at the Heritage Auctions headquarters building in Dallas, Texas in preparation for the historic auction event.  

Special thanks to my friend and fellow Star Trek fan David Wendelburg, who attended the auction in Dallas, and very graciously supplied all of the exhibit photography that is shown in this article ...  

LOT #89150 Starfleet Galileo Shuttlecraft Filming Model Miniature from Star Trek: The Original Series (Paramount TV, 1966-1969)

Vintage original "Galileo" filming miniature constructed of wood, cast resin elements, vacuum-formed plastic, mixed-media components, all expertly assembled, painted, and finished with Enterprise-gray paint.  The shuttlecraft was an innovation that Star Trek popularized to the point of becoming convention.  Until Star Trek: TOS, most Sci-Fi genre productions featured spaceships that would land on planets.  The shuttlecraft allowed smaller parties from the mothership to travel short distances without the USS Enterprise ever having to land, much like smaller boats on a Navy cruiser to travel from ship to shore.  Designed by the legendary automotive custom designer & fabricator Gene Winfield, the shuttlecraft first appeared in the Season 1 episode "The Galileo Seven" and it was used on multiple occasions throughout the series.  Measuring 22" x 14" x 9".  Exhibiting age, production wear, some crazing, and chipping to paint, including wood splitting and warpage at the top of the vessel and starboard side nacelle strut.  Tape details and transfer lettering & badging are mostly replacements from an older restoration and areas of previous gluing is evident on port and starboard struts.  Recent expert sensitive restoration includes stabilization of components, front panel reproduction (removable), and cast resin ridged rear window facade and silver engine hoods at the end of each nacelle.  Countless "Galileo" Shuttlecraft plastic model kits were sold by AMT in the 1960s-70s, further elevating the spacecraft to pop-culture-icon status.  An incredibly historic science fiction filming miniature from The Original Series.  Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.  From the Collection of Greg Jein.

Starting Bid:  $60,000


Some screenshots of this filming miniature as seen in episodes of TOS ...