Well, Profiles Auction # 43 went off this past Friday & Saturday and I think it went true to form. Most items went about where one would expect and the items with the high reserves didn’t sell. There were also some good bargains.
Here is the rundown:
Lot # 992, TOS Insignia $ 5,500
Well, this really is a premier piece of TOS history and I think it is a reasonable price. The fact that it is from the William Theiss collection is important and make the piece more valuable. You got to love solid provenance (especially since that is never something Profiles reveals much).
Lot # 1004, Starfleet HQ concept sketches $ 1,000
I liked this lot and I think it is a good price. Basically $ 500 each. I was close to going for this, but the holidays have money tight and I passed. Besides, I just pent a ton on some private sales. If the winner wants to sell one to me, let me know!
Well, this piece wound up right where I expected it. The Sulu pieces drove up the price one would expect for a standard Maroon. So I think the buyer (A good friend of mine) did well with this.
Lot # 1025, Hero Boomerang Phaser $ 3,750
Lot # 1027, Counselor Troi Monitor $ 1,200
This was a very good deal, maybe the best of the auction. A good character piece that will look great on display (something you all know is important to me!). At $ 1,200 plus BP it is a steal.
Another really good deal. This piece is an important piece of Star Trek history as we know Picard won the Starfleet Academy Marathon from “Best of Both Worlds Part One”. So I like this piece and at this price a STEAL!
Wow, this was another steal! $ 2,000 for a stunt Tricorder isn’t bad. This one is attributed to Brent Spiner, which I generally don’t give any credence too, but it was attributed by William Dolan, Set Decoration Lead from Star Trek: Insurrection. So it is OK in that case I guess.
Here are a few of the lots that did not sell:
Lot # 995 William Theiss Costume Sketches $ 2,000 is just too high a starting bid. And obviously the lot isn’t worth this much. Considering I bought a Captain Kirk costume sketch from TMP for $ 1,000, this lot should have started at that and may have finished around $ 1,500.
A $ 20,000 opening bid is absurd. This costume is a $ 10,000 costume at best if you got lucky and got the right bidder who was rich, didn’t have any sense about them, and loved that episode. So good luck finding THAT collector! It just isn’t that important a costume!
Lot # 997 Barbara Anderson “Lenore Karidian” costume
If a $ 20,000 opening bid was absurd for the Teri Garr costume, it is insane for this one. This costume is a $ 5,000 costume at best. Mediocre costume, mediocre episode. MEH.
If this consignor came to me and asked for these reserves I wouldn’t take the costumes. A waste of time.
Lot # 1026 Dummy Borg Head
Well, this started and failed to open at $ 1,000. This should have started at $ 500, but not a bad buy at $ 1,000 since everyone loves the Borg.
Well, I would love to hear what you won. Please post it on the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum!