Rare Star Trek Phaser Rifle Fetches Hefty Sum At Auction

By April 8, 2013
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If you’re a serious Hollywood memorabilia collector with disposable income (i.e. fairly to filthy rich), then most likely I’d find you at Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills…because I wanna find the dude who paid big money for this uber rare Star Trek phaser rifle.

The rifle’s creation, as requested by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and used by Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in the second pilot, was estimated to sell for around $50k but that number went out the window with a quickness when the gavel dropped and the final number was $231,000 (including commission).

Yes, that’s in U.S. dollars. To put that number into perspective, $231,000 could fund ten kids to go to a state college (average $22,261), five kids to private college (average $43,289) or pay off my and 4 of my friends’ student loans.

That’s a whole lotta dimp.

Some old school items, including a Munchkin flowerpot hat (above) from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz ($15,000), complete Anubis costume from 1994’s Stargate ($16,250), the cape worn by Claudette Colbert in the 1934, Cecil B. DeMille-directed Cleopatra ($5,625), and many items worn/owned/or associated with Marilyn Monroe (including a cocktail dress that sold for $25,000) all fetched a nice price as well.

One of the only surviving Black Beauty cars (a.k.a. 1966 Imperial Crown car) from the 2011 version of The Green Hornet sold for $46,875…and I WISH it was me who bought it.

Another interesting piece that caught my eye was Christopher Reeve’s flying suit from Superman IV: The Quest For Peace that went for $25,000; I now refer to that suit as “Best (and most expensive) pajamas ever.”

Also jealous of the cat who walked away with Nostromo’s alien survey buggy (below) from the 1979 classic, Alien, which went for a modest $10,625.

Cute, right? Well, it’s cute to me.

What DIDN’T make the auction were the 54 audition VHS tapes of some very well known actors in the early phases of their careers including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey, Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe auditioning for film/tv roles like Mr Wrong, Backdraft, The Outsiders (TV) and A Beautiful Mind.

Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions/LAist

After SAG-AFTRA threatened legal action, casting directors Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson (owners of the tapes) decided to cancel the sale, opting to donate them to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). I’m not so sure THAT was a good idea either, but that’s a debate for another day.

Well, there you have it – another day, another Hollywood auction, another reminder I needs to make more money.

When’s Powerball coming to California, again?

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