If you’re an original fan of the Star Trek series, perhaps you’ve collected a VHS collection of the series back then. You may have watched each episode at least ten times.
But if you’re truly a dedicated “Trekkie,” you might have spent a little bit more than tapes. A dedicated Trekkie or an ultimate, devoted Star Trek fan attends Star Trek events and conventions, dress up in costumes the same as the Starship Enterprise’s main characters, and even the United Federation of Planets sovereignties. Furthermore, they are avid collectors of anything related to Star Trek. Those who have money will spend thousands of dollars in auctions and events to own a personal item or prop used during the series’ filming.
Here are some of the most expensive Star Trek collectibles owned by its deep-pocketed fans.
1. Naiskos game board
The “Naiskos” game board and pieces from Star Trek: The Next Generation was sold for a whopping $47,500 at an auction in 2016.
2. Joan Pearce’s original scripts and archive collection
The most comprehensive Star Trek archive that appeared at an auction is the collection of scripts by researcher Joan Pearce, who worked on the entire franchise from the first episode of the original series to the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. The archive from the original series consisted of 240 vintage scripts covering each of the 79 episodes produced and different alternative versions. It even included research notes, shooting schedules, and information relating to the storyline and details of the series.
This archive piece was sold at a Profiles in History Auction in Hollywood in 2006 for $55,000.
3. Captain Kirk’s Hero Phaser pistol
In 2001, the original Hero Phaser pistol used by Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was sold for $57,500.
4. Galileo Shuttlecraft
The Galileo Shuttlecraft, the largest prop ever built for the series, was bought by avid collector Adam Schneider. He paid $70,150 during a Kiko Auctioneers event, even when the prop was badly decomposed. He finished restoring the shuttle in 2013, just in time for the tour celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016. It was shipped to the Houston Space Center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
5. Klingon Battle Cruiser model
An original series item, a Klingon Battle Cruiser model, sold for $74,750 in 2006.
Phasers apparently become more valuable as it ages. An original series weapon sold for $78,000 in 2011, topping the phaser from the Wrath of Khan by a few grand.
7. Gene Rodenberry’s Type-1 hand phaser
A mid-grade, type-1 hand phaser prop used throughout the first two seasons was sold for $79,950 at Profiles in History auction in December 2011. The stunt shots and distance shots used vacuum-formed rubber props, but this particular type of phaser was used in close-up shots. It’s made from fiberglass, aluminum, wood, and acrylic. The sold phaser came from a personal collection of Star Trek Compendium author Allan Asher, who got the prop from Gene Rodenberry himself.
8. Balok puppet head from “The Corbomite Maneuver”
A lucky fan was able to go home with the Balok puppet head that appeared in the first season episode, “The Corbomite Maneuver.” This alien puppet head later became the stand-out image from the closing credits of almost every Star Trek: The Original Series episodes. The foam head was sold in Profiles in History in 2012 for $82,600.
9. USS Enterprise Command Module
The USS Enterprise Command Module was built in 1964 for the scrapped original pilot, and ended up appearing on screen for all three subsequent seasons as a focal point on the bridge of the Enterprise. It was sold for a whopping $ 92,000 in Profiles Ultimate Sci-Fi Auction in 2003.
10. Captain Kirk’s season 1 tunic
The original tunic worn by Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in season one was gifted to a family touring the set during the late 1960s. It was stored in a closet for four decades before being auctioned in 2012. It was described as one of the earliest Kirk tunics in existence, so it got sold for $98,400 at a Profiles Hollywood Auction.
11. Mr. Spock’s season 2 tunic
The iconic blue tunic worn by Mr. Spock (Leonard Nemoy) in the show’s second season came with a remarkable provenance. It spent 40 years in a closet after being won in the TV Star Parade Star Trek Design-A-Costume Competition. It was accompanied by a type-signed letter from Nemoy, and letters from Star Trek’s costume designer Bill Theiss and TV Star Parade editor Patricia Langdon congratulating the winner. It was sold in a 2012 auction for $114,000.
12. Mr. Spock’s season 3 tunic
Mr. Spock’s season three blue tunic sold for even more. The tunic, bearing the Science Division insignia and two First Officer gold braids, went for $123,250 – a record price for an original series tunic. It was sold at Profiles in History in 2003.
13. Dr. McCoy’s spacesuit
Dr. McCoy’s Tholian web spacesuit looks like the least practical spacesuits ever worn on screen, but it also proved to be the most expensive. Worn by Dr. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley) in the season three episode “The Tholian Web,” the silver lame suit with an included fabric helmet with screen mesh visor was sold for $144,000 at the Christie’s 40 Years of Star Trek Auction in 2006.
14. Captain Kirk’s phaser rifle
In the original series, Captain Kirk had a really big gun made by toy designer Reuben Klamer. The original phaser rifle prop used on screen was sold at Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction in 2013 for $231,000 with premium.
15. Captain Kirk’s Chair from USS Enterprise Bridge
The most valuable piece of memorabilia from the series, apart from the original Enterprise model that still resides at the Smithsonian, is the Captain’s Chair from the USS Enterprise Bridge. This is Kirk’s Captain Chair and is one of the most iconic props in television history. This prop was originally rescued by a fan when the set was dismantled in 1969. It was sold for $304,750 at Profiles in History as part of the Bob Justman collection in Los Angeles in 2002.