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Propworx' Star Trek Auction # 5 was a smashing success. While the auction's total value was not as high as Auction # 4, mostly due to a lesser overall quality of costumes, the auction still did over $ 112,000 for 100 lots.
The high lot was Lot # 2 - The 12 foot Enterprise D Saucer section model
from Star Trek: Generations. It sold for $ 25,000 ($29,500 including
an 18% buyers premium).
The notable other sale was lot Lot # 1, the future Enterprise D parts from "All Good Things" , which sold for $ 9,500 ($11,210 with
Please note that the prices below (from LiveAuctioneers.com.) do not include an 18% buyers premium.
And its The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! The new and still under construction Academy Museum will be hosting the iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey: the Aries 1B model. It sold for $ 344,000 (After BP)
Most of the props, sets, costumes and models for this landmark 1968 film were purposely destroyed by director Stanley Kubrick in order to keep them from being used in other movies. This one was one of the few items that survived and was originally owned in the 70's by a public school art teacher who was given the lunar model with the agreement the electronics from the shuttle be removed to teach this technology to his students.
The shuttle model came with a detailed Letter of Provenience from the English collector, a local school teacher from Kubrick's long-time residence of Hertfordshire, England, who originally obtained it in 1975 and stored the Space Shuttle for over 40 years at his personal studio.
Watch the video describing the piece and the actual auction:
This means that the Academy Museum could be a potential buyer in any future auction for iconic pieces.
Propworx is back in a major way with three 2015 Star Trek auctions this year. Some have called this the best Star Trek auction since Christie's. It certainly is the best Star Trek auction since propworx's first Star Trek auction in 2010.
This auction has 101 lots of props, costumes and models! There were truly amazing pieces including a TOS Phaser, the Saratoga Escape Pod model from DS9's "Emissary".
The highest prices were realized for: Star Trek: Voyager Seven of Nine
brown catsuit, $12,750; Star Trek: TNG
Medical Tricorder, $9,500; and a Star Trek:
TNG Counselor Deanna Troi outfit, $8,750. The final hammer prices for the auction are listed below. They do not include an 18% buyers premium.
This is the second in a series of articles on the recent Horror Domain auctions on iCollector.
Since the auctioneer was selling obviously fake Star Trek costumes,
Francis Scofield decided to do some serious investigation into the other
costumes. Here is what he found. A guest blog by Francis Scofield
I’m a guy that believes in buyer beware (Caveat emptor), but
I also believe in honest disclosure from sellers.Sometimes you have to dig a bit to get to the truth, and
homework is required.Here is a
second example of Propdomain being slippery with the truth of an item in the
Feb 7, 2015 auction.
Lot # 39 is a Formal Dress Uniform from Buck Roger’s in the
25th Century as worn by Gil Gerrard.Really?Let’s
look into this.
Like the ‘Gordon’ covered a couple of weeks ago, it comes
with that same LOA that has no name, title, or recognizable signature.I believe this is done to give the
veneer of provenance, without the risk of liability to the seller.However, like last time, we will look
at the uniform on its own merits.
First he says it was worn by Gil Gerrard as Buck
Rogers.When you look at this
screencap, Buck has a single braid on his sleeve whereas the one in the auction
has 3.This clearly doesn’t belong
to Buck, so it brings up 2 questions:Is calling it Gil’s a simple mistake or lies, and which costumes do have
3 rank braids if any?The only characters in the entire series
with 3 rank braids are Col. Wilma Deering and Dr. Elias Huer.
So I call David and point this fact out, and he says
(essentially) that it is definitely cut for a man so it must be Dr. Huers.He then changes the title and
description based on my information. So, now all of the sudden, it was made for
Dr. Huer?Well, maybe… so let’s look further.Actual buck Rogers stuff is somewhat
rare, but there are just enough costumes in private hands to make good
First, let’s look at the sleeve.The spacing of the braids from each other is similar, but
they are much closer to the end of the sleeve in the screencap.If you watch the episodes where this
type of costume is employed, all of the jackets are made this way.
Next is the Earth Defense insignia on the sleeve.The first photo is of a known screen
worn costume, and notice is that it is a sewn on patch.The one in the auction was embroidered
into the sleeve fabric (as per my phone conversation with David).Moreover, if you look at the branches
that bracket the Earth, the original ones stop at the top of the Earth, while
the one in the auction goes all the way to the top of the shield.
Going further, the screen worn version shows buttons that
are concave and the screencap verifies that Dr. Huer had those same concave
buttons.Though the picture is
poor, the auction version has convex buttons, and again, my conversation with
David verified this.
My final observation concerns something a bit less tangible,
but no less important.The overall
feel of the auction jacket looks slack and made from weak materials, whereas
the original ones in the screencaps and in private collections look structured
and crisp with higher quality fabric.
My instincts tell me this item is not screen used or studio
made.I hesitate to say these are
‘fakes’ as they may have been made by a fan whom simply wanted a costume to
wear at a convention or other events, and down the road they ended up at an
auction by the next owner.There
may not have been any intent by the maker to defraud.However, if David would have made a small effort to investigate
the details I pointed out to him, he would see this is not screen used or
production made.This is where it
becomes a ‘fake’.
I can’t say what is in David’s mind when these went up for
auction, but I do know that auctioning this and other items with so many
authenticity questions is irresponsible at best, fraudulent at worst.$3,900 for the ‘Gordon’ and $1,800 for
this costume seem steep to me for what I think are fakes, bur ultimately ‘Nicole’
will have to decide that for herself.