LONDON – More than 1,000 items — including props, costumes and detailed models — went on display Wednesday at Christie's in a preview of the first official auction of "Star Trek" studio items.
The collection, valued at $1.8 million, is being sold by CBS Paramount Television Studios to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first "Star Trek" episode, said Helen Bailey, head of entertainment collections at Christie's.
"Star Trek," which starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, ran from 1966-69. It spawned five spinoff series and 10 films.
Memorabilia from the original series through the 2002 movie, "Star Trek: Nemesis," will be on display at Christie's in central London until Tuesday. The items will then go on tour to four U.S. cities en route to Christie's in New York City, where the three-day sale will begin Oct. 5.
Highlights include a replica of Kirk's chair from the original series — made for a 1996 episode of spinoff "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" — which has an estimated value of $12,000.
The auction also includes a gray uniform worn by Shatner, which is expected to fetch up to $6,000.
"`Star Trek' has been a cornerstone of American popular culture for 40 years, and continues to impact generations of fans around the globe," said Cathy Elkies, director of special collections at Christie's.