Christie's Auction Begins To Sell Hundreds of Star Trek ItemsBy Michelle
October 5, 2006 - 7:38 PM
Christie's auction of Star Trek collectibles began today in New York, and over the next three days will see dozens of props, costumes and set artifacts sold to fans and collectors.
StarTrek.com has an article reminding fans to tune in for the three-day event, which runs through October 7th and features items from all five Star Trek series, plus the films. The Christie's site has additional information.
History.com, the History Channel web site, has live streaming footage of the auction each day with an encore presentation in the evening after 6 p.m. EST. The webcast will utilize multiple cameras and showcase the lots of props, scenery and models as they are auctioned.
Paramount now shares a parent company with CBS News, which also has coverage of the auction introduced by Katie Couric. The footage includes an interview with George Takei (Sulu), in which the actor tried to guess where he would have sat on the bridge of a model of the USS Enterprise and reflected on fan passion. Takei said that he had kept two of his uniforms, one of which he has since donated to a museum.
The Washington Post had a new article this morning about the contents and prices of some of the lots -- "Lot 543, made of foam and rubber and valued at somewhere between $600 to $800...a Borg head ($600 to $800)...some Vulcan guards' ceremonial spears ($400 to $600)" for instance. Designer Michael Okuda explained the hardware store origins of some of the props, but disgruntled fans at the auction complained that they were not allowed to take photographs, a rule they believed was created in the hope that they would purchase $90 Christie's catalogues which are necessary to bid live at the auction.