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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Star Trek III Concept Art and Model Photos



Some fascinating concept art from Star Trek III.    I am always a fan of great Star Trek concept art and some of these images are wonderful.  I wonder if anyone has seen any of these?



And the Romulans... (Yes Romulans!)


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Propworx Star Trek Auction # 5 Results


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 buyer's premium).

Please note that the prices below (from LiveAuctioneers.com.) do not include an 18% buyers premium.















Jarrod and I appreciate everyone's support!

Alec


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

There's a new player in town!



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)


From IO9:

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.

From Indiewire:

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. 

Alec




Friday, April 10, 2015

Propworx Auction IV Results


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.
 














Thanks to Gerald Gurian for handling the images.

Alec


Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Prop Domain Auction Fraud


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 comparisons. 
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. 


Francis Scofield