78th week of IAW auctions (auctions ending August 13th)
While this is the 78th week of auctions, It is titled Week 85 to be consistent with the Star Trek Auctions Archive.
BIG CHANGE THIS WEEK. I am now linking to Burt's Star Trek Auction Archive rather than eBay auctions ads since the eBay ads go away after 30 days, but Burt's Archive is forever! So every link below links not to the auction ad on eBay, but to the item on the archive. Frankly, I should have done this a long time ago.
There were 113 lots this week, but like Week 85, most of these lots are low-priced and not particularly interesting. We are seeing a lot of bits and pieces and smaller items. Set pieces seem to be a big part of each week (LCARS, button panels, etc.) Each week there are maybe 10 lots of any real interest, and this shows up on how few lots go for over $ 1,000.
Now I think this is simply the nature of the beast. IAW has been doing these auctions for about 20 months and they are running out of the great hero stuff.
The Worf Klingon Robe was a great item and won by Forum steamroller Donna. She has been racking up the wins lately. This is a great item and I think it will look great on display. You just need a good Worf Starfleet Uniform to display underneath it (the gold ops version would be best I think). At $ 2,437, this went for about where you might expect for such a cool and important item.
The Spock Whale Mind Meld Costume we have seen before, and obviously there were a bunch of these. What was cool was that IAW paired this with the Kirk version this week, so you could have bought both of them, which would make a pretty cool display. At $ 1,575 it was fairly priced and just $ 50 more than the Kirk!
Now the Admiral Kirk Whale Escape Costume sold for $ 1,525. We have seen a bunch of these before, both by themselves and with the Maroon costume Kirk wore in Star Trek III & IV. They are very recognizable and an important part of Star Trek history.
The Starfleet Flag Officer Uniform was a TNG era version and one I really liked. I suggest the winner talk to Brett Jones about a Comm Badge and rank pins. Brett did rank pins for my Admiral Janeway costume and they are amazing. This one went strong at $ 1,451. Not a bad deal, but more than we have seen. I am sure it wil llook awesome on display!
There was a nice Sulu Feature Film lot that even had a complete belt and it went CHEAP At $ 1,265.
Finally, I really liked the Vic Fontaine Tuxedo Lot from "Badda Bing, Badda Bang", one of the best Vic Fontaine DS9 episodes. At $ 1,136, Katie Harrison from the Star Trek Prop Forum won this right after she got married!
The Ancient Klingon Bat'Leth was actually one of 3 Stunt "Sword of Kahless" built by Max Cervantes at HMS, the prop maker for much of Star Trek DS9 and Voyager, (the hero verson was built by Dragon Dronet out of metal). I spoke with Max on the phone the day before the auction ended and he pretty much confirmed what I knew after screen matching this black rubber over metal stunt version with the hero version from the DS9 episode. So I bid very high and won this at $3,450. I am pretty happy about this as it is one of my holy grails.
The Voyager Astrometrics Lab LCARS went for $ 1,125. This is interesting, but it isn't a traditional LCARS being mostly a big Hubble Telescope photo. I am not crazy about these (Unless it is the Eagle Nebula) but I think it will look impressive on someone's wall.
Another LCARS went for $995 and was about 3 1/2' wide. I actually liked this one better because it was bigger and had more cool LCARS graphics.
Finally, the Nemesis Argo Canon went for $851 which was pretty cheap for an awesome prop.
THIS WEEK'S AWARDS:
Best Costume of the Week: The Worf Klingon Robe at $ 2,437 was awesome!
Best Prop of the Week: The Ancient Klingon Bat'Leth at $ 3,450 was clearly the best prop.
Best Buy of the week: The B'Lanna Torres Forehead Mold at only $ 785 is a piece of Star Trek History!
Worst Buy of the week: None! Good job all!
Sleeper of the Week: The Borg Alcove Set Dressing for only $ 720!!
HIGHEST PRICED ITEM THAT SOLD
Star Trek: DS9 / Voyager Ancient Klingon Bat'Leth at $ 3,450
Star Trek: TNG Worf Klingon Robe at $ 2,437
Star Trek: IV Spock Whale Mind Meld Costume at $ 1,575
Star Trek: IV Admiral Kirk Whale Escape Costume at $ 1,525.
Star Trek: TNG Starfleet Flag Officer Uniform at $ 1,451