Upcoming Auction To Include NCC-1701 HelmBy Michelle
April 1, 2003 - 4:11 PM
On April 26th, 2003, Profiles in History will auction memorabilia from classic science fiction movies and shows, including the helm console from Star Trek's original Enterprise, formerly on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
The helm, usually under the hands of George Takei (Lieutenant Sulu) and Walter Koenig (Ensign Chekov), appeared in every episode of the original series. Mostly silver and black with colorful buttons and navigational designs, the helm was used on occasion by William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) when their characters took over the piloting station.
In addition to this one-of-a-kind memento, the auction will include over 100 pieces of series-related artwork from the private collection of illustrator Rick Sternbach, who designed many of the props for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Bidders will be able to acquire uniforms and weapons from the Star Trek feature films, as well as such unique items as Spock's tunic from the third season of the original series and the 4-foot special effects filming miniature model of TNG's Enterprise-D.
For fans of other science fiction franchises, the original Robot from Lost In Space - autographed by nearly all the original cast members of that series - will be auctioned along with a model of the Jupiter 2 spaceship. Props from Aliens, Batman, the 1933 King Kong, Michael J. Fox's hoveboard from Back to the Future II and the flying saucer from The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The live auction of these authenticated items, which will take place at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles, will also be covered via Ebay Live Auctions so that bidders outside southern California will be able to participate.