CBS Paramount cleaned out the Star Trek garage and is putting its finds up for sale at Christie's New York this October, putting 4,000 lots of over 1,000 items on the block in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Star Trek original series tv show. Captain Kirk's leisure suit (photo above—and no, we don't know if Shatner's girdle is included) is expected to go for five to seven thousand dollars, which puts it in the middle range for costumes but still in the low range overall, but if you're broke, not to despair:
Fans with more modest budgets can train their sights on a host of Trekkie ephemera like the 10-inch Resikkan nonplaying prop brass flute used by Patrick Stewart as Picard in the episode "The Inner Light" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which carries a low estimate of just $300.
Cathy Elkies, director of special collections at Christie's, said the value of the objects was difficult to gauge because "we don't factor in that emotional fury generated around this kind of material.
Some of the items in the collection are on tour. They're currently in Germany, will be in San Diego in July for the Comicon, Christie's London in early August then Las Vegas for the 5th Official Star Trek Convention, Seattle in early September for a gala celebration at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame then Christie's Los Angeles before making their way to Christie's New York for the auction.
P.S. Anyone know if Forrest J. Ackerman's still alive and kicking?