Attention all Trekkies! You, too, can now own an original piece of the "Star Trek" legacy.
"Trek" fans probably already know that Christie's auction house is going to stage the biggest sell-off ever of stuff from five TV series and 10 movies Oct. 5-7 in New York. But the rest of us casual watchers of the shows and films may be interested in what it would cost to own a piece of the fabled past.
Christie's has an idea of what some of the 4,000 items might go for. The Smithsonian Institution got first dibs on the original "Star Trek" Enterprise model spaceship, which can be seen at its Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
A miniature model of the starship used in one of the movies, however, could be expected to sell for $25,000 or more, according to Reuters news service.
The auction-house folks were stunned to see how much people were willing to bid up things when they staged events selling Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy items.
How much would you fork over for a replica of Captain Kirk's command chair?
The original has already been spoken for and is on display in a Seattle sci-fi museum. But one of Kirk's uniforms once sold for nearly $50,000, and another one of his command-post chairs went for more than $300,000, according to Yahoo News.
Christie's expects to bring in about $3 million, but who knows how much the "Star Trek" faithful might cough up for Mr. Spock's ears if they came up on the auction block?
Items from the original 1966 series are the most valuable because they are the oldest and because there are fewer of them around than from the later productions. Forty years ago, nobody knew how priceless some of this TV trash was going to be.
Certainly not NBC, which canceled the series after three seasons. But Paramount studios had an inkling and stored all the remains in five warehouses, which were open to Christie's to raid for this giant yard sale.
Think how cool it would be to have one of the "Star Trek" Enterprise ships in a glass box when your friends dropped by. Perhaps you might even be decked out in one of the Captain's too-tight T-shirts.
Maybe you could even get your wife to dress up in one of those little form-fitting micro-miniskirts that Lt. Uhura sashayed around the control room in. That was pretty hot for those days.
But hold on. Jeri Ryan's skin-tight bodysuit from "Star Trek Voyager" is up for bids, if you know anyone who could measure up to those dimensions.
Your brother-in-law could wear a Lt. Cmdr. Worf's mask complete with forehead wrinkles impervious to Botox. Where are Geordi's seeing-eye goggles? How about a phaser gun and Bones' magical diagnostic gadget?
There's no end to the fun you could have for just a few hundred-thousand dollars. Scatter some Tribbles around on end tables. Get the party started! The price is right whatever it costs.
Heck, William Shatner has been living off this image since he was thirtysomething and 50 pounds lighter.
No amount is too much to pay for a devoted "Star Trek" fanatic. One of the authors of "The Star Trek Encyclopedia" (you didn't know there was one?) says that owning a piece of "Star Trek" is having a piece of the dream.
There's a lesson here about refusing to part with all your great stuff stored in the attic and basement when your wife wants to haul it out for the garbageman or put it up for sale in the driveway. Just tell her you've saving it for a Christie's auction.
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