Feeds

Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

KHAAAAAANNNNNNNNN't believe I paid that much for it!

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Captain Kirk's phaser weapon from the second pilot of the 1960s Star Trek series has sold for an illogical $231,000 at auction.

Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy from the original Star Trek series

Phasers on stunned: Kirk, left, and McCoy

The phaser, used by the character played by William "Khan!" Shatner, was expected to sell for about $50,000 but racked up more than four times that including commission, Julien's Auctions said.

The prop laser gun - which could stun, kill or entirely vaporise bad guys in the programme - was flogged during a two-day "Hollywood Legends" sale that also included paraphernalia from sci-fi TV and movies including Stargate, Lord of the Rings, Alien and Star Wars as well as bits and pieces from modern films such as Mission Impossible and vintage flicks including The Birds.

The alien survey buggy seen aboard the Nostromo in the first Alien flick sold for $10,625, while the complete Anubis costume from the movie version of Stargate, worn by Carlos Lauchu, sold for $16,250. Christopher Reeve's superhero costume from Superman IV raised $25,600.

From the golden oldies, Marilyn Monroe's bra from the Some Like It Hot gown fetched $28,800 and one of her cocktail dresses sold for $25,000, while a munchkin flower pot hat from The Wizard of Oz was worth $15,000 to one winning bidder.

Memorabilia from more up-to-date non-sci-fi movies didn't really reach the same heights. A lapel pin worn by Liam Neeson for Schindler's List sold for $3,200 and Glenn Close's 1990 Academy Award gown was flogged for $2,560. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.