Star Trek phaser rifle tops auction

A Star Trek phaser rifle used by William Shatner in the original Star Trek series sold for $231,000 at an auction held by Julien’s this weekend in Los Angeles. The phaser was made by influential toymaker Reuben Klamer – who also invented The Game of Life – for Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. It was estimated to sell for $50,000 but clearly surpassed that mark. The phaser is a unique prop in the Star Trek world. It was only used in one episode, the second pilot titled “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” which aired on September 22, 1966. After its brief appearance, it was abandoned in favor of a smaller style of weapon. The one-of-a-kind prop is made mainly of wood and aluminum. The lot came with its own case, photos of the gun, and a paper signed by Roddenberry to Klamer. The auction also included movie props, including clothing and set pieces from Some Like it Hot (1959), Alien (1979) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). Although the phaser was the highest selling lot at this auction, it is not the highest selling Star Trek prop of all time. That honor goes to a Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise model used for the pilot and opening of the show that sold for $576,000 in 2006. ~Cassie Jasinski

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  1. C-Dub • April 9, 2013 @ 3:43 PM

    what people with a ton of $ will buy…wow. Save the planet feed hungry people or donate to charity.

  2. Sydney • April 9, 2013 @ 4:48 PM

    Seriously. It’s just going to sit in a glass case collecting dust -_-

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