The sixth week of the Star Trek auctions on eBay from It’s a Wrap Hollywood ended with 92 of the 99 lots selling for a total of $68,883.85. That was the second highest total for these auctions since they began. It also represented the highest sell through It’s a Wrap has seen, as this past week they finally wised up and minimized the number of reserves. The selection was maybe the best so far, and thus the auction results were very strong.
The top item of the week was the Admiral Janeway costume seen being worn by the former Voyager Captain in both Star Trek: Nemesis and the Star Trek Experience Borg Invasion show. A beautiful piece, it sold for $5,100, the most yet for a Star trek item in these auctions. It was a stunning costume and probably one of a kind.
Satan’s Robot sold for $4,628.00, which was the second highest price paid for an item so far. The robot featured in the Captain Proton holodeck scenes, this was also a rare and dynamite piece.
23 items sold for over $1,000, which is second only behind the first week. If you ignore the first week as an aberration, because everyone was feeling out the auctions, then this past week was significant. However, the rarity of an item is becoming very important as costumes are coming down in price if they are perceived as common. While last week a background player costume Voyager style costume went for $449.11, a record low, this week Voyager costumes continued to plummet as star costumes went for unheard of low prices. The Doctor’s uniform went for $1,425, a Tuvok went for $1,325 , a Tom Paris went for $1,358, and a Harry Kim went for $1,225. Even the rare Tuvok dress uniform went for only $1,528. This shows that people know there are lots of these uniforms out there and they aren’t that rare.
Now props continue to sell high. An Enterprise E console sold for $3,500, a hero Tricorder went for $2,560 and a Dr. Phlox faux blood draw kit went for $2,025. These were all strong prices for props. Overall, props are doing well, and getting good prices across the board. Few props sell below what they should.
There were some nice costumes this past week. One costume of note was the Commander Madden from Star Trek: Nemesis. Madden was Riker’s replacement as first officer on the Enterprise when Riker takes over the Titan. It went for a strong $2,650. The corresponding “Helm Officer Branson” costume went for $1,635. What is amazing, is that a background operations costume of the same style went for $1,525! These costumes are exceptionally popular, and very attractive in person. They continue to get high prices for background costumes. In fact this background costume went higher than all the aforementioned Voyager hero costumes!
Of course, it just wouldn’t be an It’s a Wrap auction without some crazy reserves. The good news is this week has less reserves than any other week. But predictably, IAW set reserves on some items based on the high prices realized at Christie’s. Two Phaser Rifles didn’t hit reserve, and one hit $2,025! Based on the extremely high prices IAW is asking for similar rifles on their web site, one can assume the reserves were set in the $4,000-5,000 range. Prices they will never get online. Also, the Romulan Senate stools were a hot item at Christie’s, selling for $800 each (not including the Buyer’s Premium) in a set of six. Here the top bid was $1,036 for two, not hitting the reserve that was probably at least $ 1,600. As usual, we will see these items come back in later weeks without a reserve.
So here are some awards for the week:
Best Item of the Week: Admiral Janeway costume
Best Buy of the week: Doctor, Tuvok, Paris and Kim costumes, all under $1,500!
Worst Buy of the week: 24th Century Starfleet Carry Case $1,503. Are you KIDDING me??
Sleeper of the Week: Female Q at $560. Suzie Plaxson as the female Q in Voyager. Great price, memorable role.
5 HIGHEST PRICED ITEMS THAT SOLD
Admiral Janeway costume $ 5,100
Satan’s Robot $ 4,658
Nemesis Enterprise Console $ 3,500
Nemesis Commander Madden Uniform $ 2,650
Nemesis Hero Tricorder $ 2,560
TOP 5 ITEMS NOT HITTING RESERVE
Star Trek: Nemesis Phaser Rifle $ 2,025
Cardassian Soldier Uniform $ 1,701
Star Trek: Nemesis Phaser Rifle $ 1,625
Romulan Senate Stools $ 1,036
Romulan Senate Stools and Chair $ 936
Special thanks to Aaron Carlson, who every week, compiles all the stats on that week’s auctions. He does a great job, and has a nice Star Trek collection which I will be featuring in the blog real soon.