Trekkies flocked far and wide from across the galaxy to New York City for a 3-day sale of over 1,000 items of Star Trek costumes, sets and memorabilia spanning the 40 years run of the cult television series and movie franchise.
The highly-sucessful and energetic auction entitled “40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection”, which took place at Christies‘ auction house sold out completely, with some items, such as a model of the starship Enterprise selling for an unprecedented $576,000 to an online bidder, which was over ten times its estimate of $8,000 – 10,000. Most of the key items also went way over their estimated prices.
Other highly coveted Trekkie memorabilia included:
30-square-inch Borg Cube from “Star Trek:First Contact” – $96,000
Captain Jean Luc Picard’s Chair – $ 62,000
Worf’s Rifle – $19,000
Voyager Replica – $132,000
The overall takings reached $7,107,040, much more than the organizers expected. Money aside, the auction was said to be one of the most fun ever held, with bidders and Christie’s staff dressing like Trekkies.
When a bidder dressed as Picard won Ron Perlman‘s jumpsuit costume from “Star Trek: Nemesis” for $6,000, the auctioneer exclaimed:
“It’s with Picard then……….A sentence I never thought I’d say.”?