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Star Trek auction: $132,000 for Starfleet replicas

Star Trek auction: $132,000 for Starfleet replicas

The second day of the Star Trek auction did big business, with a pair of miniature models from the fictional Starfleet selling Friday for $132,000 (euro104,232) apiece _ the highest price yet in the three-day sale.
A plastic and cast resin model of the Starship Voyager, the principal miniature used in filming the "Star Trek: Voyager" television show, was the first to sell. The 61-by-24-by-10 inch (155-centimeter-by-61- centimeter-by-25 centimeter) model was designed by illustrator Rick Sternbach, who was told to come up with something "faster, sleeker, meaner and more powerful" than previous crafts in the Star Trek franchise, according to the auction catalog.
The sale price at Christie's auction house was far beyond the pre-sale estimate of $15,000 (euro11,844) for the replica.
A short time later, a 72-inch diameter model of space station Deep Space Nine brought the same $132,000 (euro104,232) _ an even bigger surprise, since its pre-sale estimate was $12,000 (euro9,500). Sternbach was also the designer of this model, which was seen in every episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
A third miniature, the Starship Defiant from "Deep Space Nine," sold for $102,000 (euro80,543). It was the smallest of the three ships auctioned off, at 37-by-27 inches ( 94 centimeters-by-69 centimeters), and was anticipated to sell for $8,000 (euro6,300).
The Friday auction was broken into morning and afternoon sessions, with the final day of bidding set for Saturday. From costumes and props to blueprints and furniture, more than 1,000 lots from the archives of CBS Paramount Television Studios went on the block.
Trekkies from around the United States turned out for the rare opportunity to pick up a piece of memorabilia on the 40th anniversary of the original "Star Trek," the television show starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.


Updated : 2021-02-28 00:31 GMT+08:00