The phaser rifle created for Star Trek‘s William Shatner was only expected to bring in $50,000 on the auction block. But Saturday’s $231,000 score led a slew of film-related memorabilia sales at Hollywood Legends’ two day auction.
Kirk’s phaser rifle from Star Trek’s second filmed pilot (“Where No Man Has Gone Before”) sold at the Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction this weekend for $231,000. A miniature special effects model of the enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation sold for $576,000 in 2006. This is the most ever paid for a Star Trek prop at auction.
The only memorabilia that has sold for more are original models and some set pieces (such as the original captain’s chair which was sold for $304,750 in 2008).
Only one phaser rifle prop was ever made and it was only used in one episode. The prop is made of wood with an aluminum barrel and is painted with a metallic blue-green paint. The prop was sold to a private American collector who has one of the biggest collections of original Star Trek costumes in the world. This prop will join the collection and will likely not end up being displayed at museums.