Profiles Auction 65 – Star Trek Preview

Profiles Auction # 65 has some impressive items.  And despite following the Prop Store Auction and happening a month before the Screen Used Auction, the Profiles quality stands out as always.  

After hopping around to 3 different auction sites over 4 years, Profiles is finally back to Live Auctioneers.  Thank God, I was tired of registering for a new auction site every other auction they did.  Live Auctioneers remains the gold standard for online auction providers.  Having worked with them at Propworx, I can tell you their system is rock solid.  You can find the online auction for Profiles here.

There are 43 items in total, with a lot being paperwork.  

The auction starts off with Lot # 1288, an original script for “The Cage”.  Starting at $ 2,000 may seem steep for a script, but heck, this is The Cage so I think that a price in the $ 3,000 – 5,000 range is not inappropriate.

 Plus it is signed by both Director Robert Butler (a TV legend) and Leonard Nimoy.

If you are a fan of Star Trek: The Animated Series, then Lot # 1293, the TAS storyboard lot, is for you.  Very cool stuff we haven’t seen before. A low opening bid, means this could be a good deal.

Lot # 1296 is a pair of Ceti Eels.  One has lost a bunch of pieces (included), the other looks pretty good.  Remember, these are foam latex, so will continue to deteriorate.  There are already 2 bidders and an opening bid of $ 2,000.  

Lot # 1299 is the Khan costume.   And at an opening bid of $30,000, with an estimate of $30,000-50,000, the Khan costume is clearly the best Star Trek item in this auction. Not for the faint of heart, but certainly the centerpiece of a collection.

Lot # 1300 is the Galileo model from Star Trek V is nice, but not a screen used piece.  The hull was production made, and the rest added on later and the model finished.  So this won’t be appealing to the very hard core model collector, but it is nice none the less.

The Picard costume is an awesome Season One example and the last one of these went in Profiles for $ 13,000, so this might go high.  However, the one piece jumpsuit is not as desirable as the two piece that came later.  Comes with screen used pips and a replica badge.

Jonathan Frakes is selling his Star Trek collection.  He has two great costumes offered here.  Lot #1311 is his traditional red and black command costume.  It has an original comm badge and a rather high $8,000 opening bid.  So with BP, this is almost $ 10,000, a price unheard here.  I say pass. 

Lot #1312 is Riker’s Voyager style jumpsuit from “Generations”.  At an opening bid of  $6,000, meaning with BP this is over $ 7,000, this is also pretty high.  I just don’t see this worth more than $ 5,000 since it isnt his main uniform we saw him in for years.  But hey, there are plenty of Riker fans out there.
Lot # 1322 is a Mark X Static Tricorder.   I think the problems with these Tricorders is that Michael Moore of HMS, who made most of these for Star Trek, and who authenticates these for Profiles, can’t be trusted.  He has been passing off replicas as real for years and is simply not reliable.  See here.  And at a rather high opening bid of $ 2,000, unless this can be screen matched, I pass.

Lot # 1324, the Ferengi D’kora class Marauder ship master model is interesting.  It isn’t a screen used model, but the master that the molds were made from.  That being said, I think this is a bit strong at $6-8,000, but not unreasonable.  It will take a certain type to want this.

Lot # 1326 is a nose cast of the Phoenix from “First Contact”.  It is interesting, though not screen used.  There are a few of these out there.  A very fair $ 1,000 opening bid make this attractive.

I used to own Lot # 1327, which is Captain Picard’s desktop monitor from “Insurrection”.  I love this piece and think it is worth $ 2-3,000.  It is solid metal.  This is the non-light up static version seen from behind.

Lot # 1328 is the Cousteau Captain’s Yacht plaque.  A low opening bid is nice.  I want to know the provenance though as there are a ton of dedication plaques out there.  If interested, contact Brian at Profiles who will tell you what he knows.

FInally is Lot # 1330, the Type 2 Dolphin Phaser from Nemesis.  Again, I want to know provenance, but this is a cool prop, which I own an example of myself.  I wouldn’t go higher than $ 1,500 on this as these have been out there and the new phasers don’t get much beyond $2,000.  
OK, well, those are my thoughts.   As always, I am available to chat with anyone who wants my insight, and Iw ill be at Profiles tomorrow.  

Good hunting!


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