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, July 9, 2024

Mr. Spock's Vulcan Lute from Star Trek: The Original Series

A rare prop musical instrument from the production of TOS, Mr. Spock's famous Vulcan Lute, sometimes also referred to as a Harp or Lyre, which was screen used by Leonard Nimoy in several episodes of the series, recently sold as Lot #89143 in last fall's Heritage Auctions October 14-15, 2023 Greg Jein Collection Auction for a final price of $40,000 (including a 25% buyers premium) on a high bid of $32,000.  

Presented below is the complete Heritage auction catalog description, along with its accompanying photos and several closeup views that further highlight the construction details of this iconic piece of Star Trek history ...

LOT #89143  Leonard Nimoy "Spock" Vulcan Lute from Star Trek: The Original Series (Paramount, 1966-1969).

Vintage original lute prop constructed of wood, acrylic, wire and metal components.  Expertly studio designed and assembled to appear as an exotic, long-necked, stringed instrument.  In the legendary Sci-Fi series, this 12-stringed instrument hailed from the planet "Vulcan", was tuned on a diatonic scale, and was famous for the soothing music it generated.  This prop is highly visible when played by "Spock" (Nimoy) in Original Series episodes including "Charlie X", "Amok Time" and "The Way To Eden".  "Uhura" (Nichelle Nichols) also sang while accompanying herself with this instrument in episode, "The Conscience of the King".  The iconic prop instrument measures 39" x 17" x 1.5" and can be clearly screen matched by its many hallmarks in multiple episodes, including hardware placement and the distinctive woodgrain.  The prop was painted black and gold for a subsequent production, but Greg Jein had begun restoration, sanding off most of the paint, with the exception of the area directly under the brass strings, the neck area as well as the control knobs and its back plate.  The back of the prop retains a vintage original typed label reading, "(c) 1969 Paramount Pictures Corporation", and there are two ports cut into the lower back of the instrument to access the bolt that affixes the oversized wooden knob to the front exterior.  An iconic and distinctive prop from the Original Series.  Exhibits age, minor chipping and delamination along edges.  Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.  From the Collection of Greg Jein.

Starting Bid: $15,000

Below are some screenshots of this prop as seen in various episodes of TOS ...

Some rare images of the Vulcan lute in a deleted scene from the 3rd season episode "Elaan of Troyius" ...

And some rare behind-the-scenes and candid at-home photos of Leonard Nimoy, taken while TOS was in production, playing not his famous character's Vulcan Lute, but just a traditional guitar from the planet Earth ...


Thursday, July 4, 2024

Star Trek TOS William Shatner Zenite Mining Gas Mask from "The Cloud Minders"


A rare William Shatner screen used prop from Star Trek: The Original Series, this highly memorable Zenite Mining Gas Mask from the 3rd Season episode "The Cloud Minders" (first airdate: February 28, 1969) - which would protect the wearer from the deleterious effects on mental function caused by exposure to the dangerous gas emanating from unrefined zenite - was recently sold as Lot #89215 in last fall's Heritage Auctions October 14-15, 2023 Greg Jein Collection Auction.  

Presented below is the complete Heritage auction catalog description, with accompanying photos, for this exceptional piece of Star Trek history, as well as several detailed images of the mask that were graciously provided for use in this article by the successful bidder on the prop, a major collector of Star Trek TOS memorabilia ... 

LOT #89215  William Shatner "Captain Kirk" Zenite Mining Gas Mask from Episode, "The Cloud Minders" of Star Trek: The Original Series (Paramount TV, 1966-1969)

Vintage original mining mask prop constructed of repurposed oxygen facemask cup and chin port with 3-vials attached containing multi-colored fish tank gravel.  The mask is held to wearer by a large aluminum 9" x .05" bracket that fits across the top of the head.  Highly visible worn by Captain Kirk (Shatner) in the Zenite mines of planet Ardana.  The 4" x 7" x 11" mask exhibits age, production wear and some scratching, minor plastic tears and paint rubbing.  Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.  From the collection of Greg Jein.

Some screenshots of the Zenite Mining Gas Mask as seen in the episode "The Cloud Minders" ...