STAR TREK – THE AUCTION

Published April 28, 2009

While surfing around YouTube recently, I stumbled upon a 2006 documentary produced by The History Channel, entitled Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier. This 90-minute program, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, is one-half overview of Star Trek’s 40-year legacy, and also a fascinating look at Paramount’s decision to auction off Star Trek props, costumes, ship models (from all the TV series and films), and other memorabilia, stored for four decades in massive warehouses on the studio lot.
USS Enterprise
The project is handled by Christie’s Auction House in New York and, while I don’t want to spoil anything, garners ginormous figures from those looking to take home a piece of history. Some might complain this was Paramount’s last milking of a franchise that, at the time, was seemingly dead (a phrase all-too-familiar to Trek fans) — but with this year’s reboot of Star Trek, was obviously only dormant. What else were they supposed to do with the thousands upon thousands of items gathering dust in storage? Throw them out like any other defunct show’s props? The fact that they decided to utilize the biggest auction house in the world, to let fans from around the globe bid on a piece of history is a pretty cool thing to do. Yes, there is a fine line here between generosity and profiteering, but … I wish I had been able to attend this auction. To bid on what no man has bid on before.
Kirks Chair
If this is something you think you would enjoy (and you know who you are), have at it. Leave a comment when you’re done — I’d love to hear your thoughts.