It is an expensive auction to take part in because it is happening in the UK and not in the USA. Because of this, EU buyers will be paying almost 50% ABOVE the Hammer price (BP & VAT) and US buyers will not only be paying 25% in fees, but 20% VAT tax on the Buyer’s premium PLUS shipping from the UK.
I got to be honest, having this auction in the UK is not a good decision for bidders. Prop Store should have one this auction out of their US office. I can only think they believe they have more EU customers than US customers.
So before we dive into reviewing those items, a few notes on the auction.
1) It is happening in the UK. Meaning the auction happens 7 hours ahead of Pacific Time.
2) The prices are all in UK Pounds. So pay attention to that. Currently £1 GBP = $ 1.61.
3) There is a 20% Buyer’s Premium, PLUS 3% for bidding online, PLUS 2% for credit cards.
If you are in the EU you will also have to pay 20% VAT PLUS 20% VAT on the Buyer’s Premium!
If you are outside of the EU you will still be responsible for 20% VAT on the Buyer’s Premium for lots with a dagger or omega next to them.
OK, got all, that? I have to say that a lot of collectors have expressed that they will not be partaking in this auction due to the high costs. Plus, the day AFTER this auction, Profiles starts its 4 day auction. So I think that unless you really want something, passing is not a bad idea. I wish this auction was in the US as I think it would have been much more interesting and affordable!
So let’s start the review.
Lot # 282, 283 Star Trek II Scripts
I think these are both nice items, which are not a bad deal at less than $ 500. Note the estimate is £200-300 each. That is $ 320-480 and so keep in the that range and even with a 25% Buyer’s Premium, and VAT you are OK.
Lot # 284 USS Excelsior Bridge Concept Art
An interesting item though I am not sure what this will bring. I have found Star Trek concept art all over the board, but rarely very expensive. Does this item sing to you? If so, go for it. But don’t go overboard.
Lot # 285 Vulcan Planet Concept Art
Much more interesting and very recognizable. I happen to like this piece so I think at the estimate of £400 – 600 or roughly $ 650 – $ 1,000 it is not a bad deal. Note the size. It is small at 8″ x 14″.
Lot # 286 Bird of Prey Landing Concept Art
A beautiful piece, but is it worth £2,000 – 3,000, or $3,200 – 4,800 PLUS Buyer’s Premium PLUS VAT? I think this is just way too high. But again, Star trek concept art is all over the place but I dont think this is worth that much. Again, note the size of 8″ x 14″.
I doubt it. This simply isn’t a very desirable Kirk costume. It isn’t a Starfleet uniform, but it was his costume in Star Trek III/IV. This costume really hasn’t gone up in value IMHO since Christie’s in 2006. I think it would be strong at $ 10,000. Where Prop Store is looking I say pass.
Lot # 288 is a beautiful Ralph McQuarrie Starfleet HQ study painting. While stunning, it is a very small 8″ x 10″ and I don’t think this is worth anywhere close to £3-5,000, which translates to roughly $ 5,000 – 8,000.
My guess is this piece won’t sell. I think it is a $ 2,000 piece because of its small size. If it was large, I might say their estimate is right. But it is tiny.
Lot # 293 Romulan Costume
Lot # 294 Romulan Disruptor Rifle