Star Trek 'Phaser' Stuns With $231,000 Auction Sale
Piece of sci-fi memorabilia achieves a sky-high price
A prop gun, made for Star Trek's Captain Kirk to use during a pilot episode of Star Trek has sold at auction for $231,000 (£151,000). It was estimated to sell for about $50,000, but achieved more than four times that including commission.
The gun was made for Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner in the legendary Sci-fi series. Built from wood and finished with blue metallic paint, it was commissioned by Reuben Klamer at the request of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Many gun props were used in the duration of Star Trek, but considering the design changed to the more familiar pistol phaser, this rifle design has become very rare, hence the lofty sale price. It was sold in its original, custom-made case and was accompanied by a signed letter from Mr Roddenberry to Mr Klamer, dated March 16, 1966. Anyone else think that The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper bought this piece of geek memorabilia?
Trekkies breaking world records
While the phaser certainly makes the headlines from the two-day Hollywood Legends auction, it certainly isn’t the only piece of note. A bra worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot sold for nearly $29,000 (£18,900), while a cocktail dress worn by the actress grabbed $25,000 (£16,300). A Superman suit, which was worn by Christopher Reeve sold for $25,600 (£16,700) and a 1966 Imperial Crown car nicknamed the Black Beauty, which featured in the 2011 production of The Green Hornet, fetched $47,000 (£30,600).