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Saturday, May 20, 2006

I Have $500 For The Ahn-Woon. Do I hear $600?

Dude! Christe's is auctioning off STAR TREK paraphenalia...

Trekkies will be setting their phasers to "bid" this fall when Christie's holds the first official studio auction of memorabilia from all five "Star Trek" television series and 10 movie spinoffs.

Among the highlights are a miniature of the Starship Enterprise used in visual effects for the film "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country," expected to sell for $15,000 to $25,000, and a replica of Kirk's chair from the original TV series that was recreated for the 1996 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," which is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Fans with more modest budgets can train their sights on a host of Trekkie ephemera like the 10-inch Resikkan nonplaying prop brass flute used by Patrick Stewart as Picard in the episode "The Inner Light" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which carries a low estimate of just $300.

What, are the auctioneers at Christie's under the influence of the neural neutralizer on Tantalus V or something? $300 for the Resikkan flute? Kid Various will pay that right now, just give him the prop!

The flute is the crux of an entire episode that is regarded as one of STAR TREK's finest. "The Inner Light" is a classic in the vein of TOS's "The City on the Edge of Forever" or DS9's "In the Pale Moonlight" or "Far Beyond the Stars." It won the 1993 Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the first for a television show since "City."

These people have no idea of what these things are worth. The Kid predicts a bidding war over the flute will push it as high as $5,000 at least.


At Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 9:37:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Craig said...

Sadly enough, I knew what the Ahn-Woon is.


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