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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Dreier Collection Auction Review - Part III


Well, now to wrap up this series of reviews of the Dreier Collection auction from Profiles in History, I will cover the rest of the pieces of significance in the auction.  Overall, a great selection of items was sold.  Here are more highlights...



Lot 205 Hero Klingon Tricorder


Sold for (4,750.00 + 1,092.50) = $ 5,842.50

 
I have to admit I was under-bidder on this and would have loved to add this to my collection.  But I bid $ 4,500 and was out bid, and I just didn't feel this was worth the $ 6,000 price it would cost me to win this.  As it is it closed at $ 4,750, which, when you add the BP, comes to $ 5,842.50.  Now, admittedly, these aren't common, so maybe I was just being cheap.  but I had already won one item, and so I was content to let this go.


Sold for (4,000.00 + 920.00) = $ 4,920.00
Well, no surprise that the world's biggest Ferengi collector, Francis, won this!  And it couldn't go to a better home.  At $ 4,920 it is a bit high, but it does come on a full mannequin.  And Francis seemed very happy to have won this particular costume.


Lot 208 Static Starfleet PADD 
 
Sold for (650.00 + 149.50) = $ 799.50

The Federation PADD at $ 799.50 is strong for a pretty bland one.  These things are a dime a dozen and there were hundreds of these made.  I think you pay no more than $ 600 for these.


Lot 209 Static Cardassian PADD

Sold for (900.00 + 207.00) = $ 1,107.00
I am surprised at the Cardassian PADD, which is tiny!  going for $ 1,107.  That is way high.    It is 4" tall!

Sold for (3,250.00 + 747.50) = $ 3,997.50
 
I have to say that at $ 3,997.50 I find this high for a static, non functioning Tricorder.  Pretty basic piece and there have been a lot or Tricorders lately.  I think this is an average price for a functioning one.
  



Sold for (3,000.00 + 690.00) = $ 3,690.00
This is a good price for a rare prop.  I have seen this prop and we just don't see that many working, non-Federation Tricorders.  A good prop at a good price. 

Lot 215 Jem'Hadar Pistol


Sold for (750.00 + 172.50) = $ 922.50


This was actually noted as missing the barrel cover and I give Profiles credit for noting this.  Used by both the Jem'Hadar and other alien races, this piece was pretty fairly priced at $ 922.50.




Lot 219 Geordi VISOR


Sold for (7,500.00 + 1,725.00) = $ 9,225.00


Well, this is about what one would expect for a Gerodi VISOR, which is one of the truly iconic pieces from TNG.  I am thinking I need to add one of these to my collection, but still a chunk of change!  But well displayed here by Profiles.  




Lot 220 Enterprise E Command Chair


Sold for (22,500.00 + 5,175.00) = $ 27,675.00


My buddy Gary won this for his amazing Star Trek media room.  He formerly had Captain Archer's chair and wanted to update it as he also has the Enterprise E helm and nav consoles.  I can't say that this is either expensive, nor reasonable, but it is one of two Enterprise E chairs in circulation (another got stolen and who knows where that is!).  So I think it is market price! 

 

Lot 221 Seven of Nine Costume

This costume has both the under-girdle/corset and a tricorder holster.  It sold for $ 13,530.  (11,000.00 + 2,530.00 BP), showing that Seven of Nine costumes are as strong as Captain's costumes!  


This is one of the nicer ones in that it is two-tone and Profiles did a good job displaying it on a mannequin, which you have to do if you own a 7 of 9 costume.  Most Federation costumes look great just on a form and costumer (the way Christie's and Propworx have done it).  But a slinky catsuit needs to be displayed on a full female mannequin.  




Lot 222  Static Starfleet PADD


Sold for (2,750.00 + 632.50) = $ 3,382.50


ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?    What two people thought this PADD was worth over $ 3,000?   At $ 3,382.50, this non-hero PADD has to be the most overpriced PADD ever sold.  Certainly one of the most expensive.  And it is a re-purposed Cardassian PADD!  It doesn't even look like a Federation PADD.  Now, I will tell you I bid $ 1,000 on this because of its distinctiveness, but two people thought it was worth a lot more and I have no clue why!


And the screen cap Profiles provided is 100% WRONG.  WTF they put a bad screencap in is beyond me, but this is almost fraudulent.  That is NOT the right screencap, and Picard DID NOT use this PADD.


Trekcore is the definitive source for HD screencaps and so there is no excuse for this sloppiness.  Go here to see the HD screencap of this image and see it is NOT what Profiles claims.


http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/firstcontacthd/firstcontacthd1817.jpg

SCREENCAP IN PROFILES CATALOG:



HD SCREENCAP FROM TREKCORE:



This is CLEARLY not the PADD offered by Profiles in this lot. 
 

Lot 226 Gold Plated Enterprise Miniature


Sold for (7,000.00 + 1,610.00) = $ 8,610.00


There were a LOT of these made for First Contact.  But I find it interesting that Profiles has more detailed information on this one and would love to have found out more.  A very cool piece, but I think on the high side because there are so many of them.




Sold for (8,000.00 + 1,840.00) = $ 9,840.00

Can't argue with this price and we see good captain's costume holding strong and even moving up a bit. I bought my Archer (The "These are the Voyages" version) for $ 5,000 and that is where Archer's have traded up till now.  This is a good price and means quality is still strong in Enterprise costumes.



Sold for (7,000.00 + 1,610.00) x 1 = 8,610.00
What I love about this is it includes both pips and a comm badge, which sadly, most It's a Wrap costumes never did.   Strong at $ 8,610, this goes to show Data's enduring appeal.  Plus this is a great looking costume.


Well, there you go!  More coming tomorrow!

Alec
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Dreier Collection Auction Review - Part II

The Weapons

I am going to cover the weapons in this article.  There were 16 weapons (2 of which were the Klingon Bat'Leth and Mek'Leth) and thus 14 phaser weapons.  Sadly for me, very few were Federation weapons.

Prices have settled into a very predictable range, with generic props going in the $ 700-800 range, known races in the $ 1,000-1,200 range and hero weapons in the $ 1,500-2,000 range.  Note this is for ALIEN races and not Federation phasers, which of course, go higher.

I note all prices WITH the Buyer's Premium (23%).




Lot 223 Static EVA Phaser Rifle from "First Contact"

There have been a few of these out there, and I paid $ 5,000 for my hero, which is about right for hero versions.  At $ 3,997.50 this is fair as it is much rarer than the standard Type II phasers.  Plus it is just damn cool!


Lot 198  Romulan Disruptor Pistol

At $ 1,045.50, this is a good deal. If you collect alien phaser weapons, then I think you start with the major races...Klingons and Romulans.  So this is an important piece, and used throughout TNG through Voyager.


Lot 210 Hero Romulan Disruptor Rifle

Labeled a "Hero" as there were no working versions of these rifles.  They are pretty darn nice as I own one and they are very beautifully painted.  Of course, to be a Romulan completist, you will need to also get the "V" version of rifle used in TNG.  At $ 1,168.50 this was right around the $ 1,200 these usually go for.


Lot 211 Cardassian Disruptor Pistol

I love this weapon and have one.  There were no working versions of this pistol, just resin and rubber versions.  Very reasonable at $ 1,107.  I collect all the DS9 alien races and so have costumes and props from these races.  Each costume has matching weapons, both pistol and rifle versions.  Building your collection like this is a great way to create a theme that tells a story.


Lot 206 Quark's Phaser
 
This is said to be Quark's, but it is not clear WHY Profiles makes this claim.  Yes, they show a photo of Quark using a weapon like this, but is it screen matched?  The Profiles photo is the reverse angle of the screen cap and so you can't tell.  I have had this issue before with Profiles.  They claim items are used by specific characters without proof.   Either way, at $ 1,353 this is fairly priced even if NOT used by Quark.

Lot 213 Vulcan Phaser Pistol

A re-purposed Ferengi Pistol from DS9, this went for a very strong $ 1,968, which I find very high, giving this the worst deal of the auction.  But it is only about $ 600 too much, so not that bad.



Lot 215 Jem'Hadar Phaser Pistol

This pistol is missing the barrel cover and I have to give Profiles credit for noting that in the description.  None the less, as I mention above, this is another one I have, which goes with my Jem'Hadar costume.  At $ 922.50, reasonably priced.


Lot 199 Alien Phaser Pistol

Used by a few different alien races, note that it is also the same as the Suliban pistol below.  At $ 799.50 you get a decent looking weapon, and I think you don't pay more than this for a generic weapon.  $ 600-800 is about right.


Lot 231 Working Suliban Phaser Pistol

I liked this one a lot.  It lights up and was a primary weapon in "Enterprise".  At $ 1,845 it was reasonably priced.  


Lot 229 Sulban Phaser Pistol

The other Suliban pistol used in "Enterprise" it also lit up and was a good deal at $ 1,230 as it also was a light up version!  This was the one used in "Broken Bow".  I kind of like the Flash Gordon retro design.


Lot 223 Prototype Phaser Weapon

Advertised as made as a prototype for Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek prop maker extraordinaire Mike Moore from HMS says that it was originally made for Voyager and then submitted later for Enterprise and rejected.  Not my style, but a few people bid on it. It went for $ 861.

And the other weapons:

Lot 203 Trill Phaser Pistol  - $ 738

Lot 204 Alien Phaser Pistol - $ 738

Lot 216 Alien Phaser Pistol from Voyager - $ 861


So overall, no surprises and prices have settled into predictable ranges.  I am looking forward to future  

Tomorrow is a review of the rest of the Dreier Auction.

Alec



Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Dreier Collection Auction Review - Part I

The Dreier Collection auction from Profiles in History was certainly one of the best Star Trek auctions Profiles has brought us in years.  Dreier was one of Profiles most prolific buyers and so built a huge collection.  He was also a Star Trek fan, especially TNG and so has a great collection of props.  

I am breaking this post up into two, and then I will review the Profiles Icons of Hollywood Auction.You can also review the auction items on the iCollector site.

So here we go....



 Lot 183  Original Tribble from TOS

The TOS Tribble went for $ 3,382.50.  This is HALF of what a TOS Tribble went for in the last Profiles auction ($ 6,755).  And this shows an important point.  Once an item sells at a high point, the next time a similar item comes up it will have less bidders bidding it up.  And in the previous auction, the third bidder didn't bid very high, then in the next auction the under bidder will, if he is still after the piece, will have a lot less competition. 


Lot 184  Matt Jeffries Klingon Battlecrusier Concept Sketch

This went for $ 2,767.50, which is probably about right for this.  Any of these sketches is valuable to a TOS fan, especially those of us who remember them from "The Making of Star Trek" book.  Those in the book are certainly more valuable.  




Lot 185 William Shatner "Kirk" TMP Wrist Communicator

There has been a lot of bad information about this piece.  In fact one individual has claimed to own this piece (Twice!) when he didn't.  My next two articles will be about this very piece.  But let me say, that assuming the provenance is strong, this piece was the best deal in the auction.   But rest assured, the proof will be delivered after my usual exhaustive research.  I should be wrapping the whole thing up tomorrow.


Lot 187 Walter Koenig "Chekov" Brown Leather Jacket

A pretty good deal at $ 2,767.50.  The was what Chekov used through out Star Trek IV.   I think a main character movie costume is always a good piece to anchor your collection.




Lot 188 Borg Costume

The beauty of this piece is the mannequin.  It sold for $ 15,990 and probably a fair price based on its displayability.  It was a beauty and very well executed. 








Lot 189 Klingon Costume

Identified as a feature film costume, and interestingly, with Kruge's boots from Star Trek III (thanks to Don Gaffney for pointing this out).  The price of $ 11,685 was high for a Klingon based on previous sales in the $ 6,000-9,000 range.  But still, these are enduring valuable pieces that are a hug addition to any collection.  


Lot 192 Commander RIker's Back-Lit Control Panel

This is an interesting piece and went kind of high at $ 4,305.  No provenance on this, so I am curious where it is from, but very cool indeed and a great piece for a Riker fan.  Would look great next to his jumpsuit.





Lot 195 Patrick Stewart Picard First Season Jumpsuit

I said this was headed over $ 10,000 and it wound up at $ 13,530.  This is certainly the premier Patrick Stewart costume and shows that Captain's costumes remain strong.


Lot 198  Romulan Disruptor

Notable in how cheap it went at $ 1,045.50.  I am surprised that there are so few people after one of these.  A good deal.


Lot 200  Worf Distressed Costume from "Genesis"

Some people love distressed costumes as they are immediately recognizable and easily screen capped to a particular episode.  


Lot 201  Hero Metal Bat'Leth

Interestingly titled:

MICHAEL DORN “WORF” HERO METAL BAT’LETH FROM STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE

Yet there was no proof that Michael Dorn ever used this.  Now, possibly because it is metal and Michael Dorn probably picked up every metal Bat'Leth made.  Still at $ 7,380 I think it is way over priced.  Rubber Bat'Leths have sold around $ 1,500, and there are several metal Ba'Leths floating around, so it seems pretty high.  Still, one of the truly Iconic props from TNG.

Lot 202  Star Trek Isolinear chips and holders

20 Isolinear chips and three holders for $ 9,840?  Are you kidding me?  WORST BUY of the auction.  This is just crazy.  


Ok, more to come tomorrow.  This would be a long post, so I am breaking it up.  

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