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Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
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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" ...