The era that resuscitated Star Trek after its original cancellation finally died when Enterprise aired its last episode in 2005. CBS Viacom/ Paramount Pictures then realized it had several warehouses containing the franchise’s wardrobe, set dressing and props that could no longer be used.
Normally such property would be discarded after each movie or TV show, but the Trek productions had a thrifty habit of recycling its wares for future appearances, or at least maintain a continuity of long-term use of the property. Then someone, somewhere had the brilliant idea of making more money out of the franchise: sell the stuff!
Lots at Christie's Star Trek auction
Christie’s auction house was contracted to conduct Sale 1778, and former Trek production staffers Mike and Denise Okuda were hired as consultants in the catalogue. The auction took place in New York City on October 5-7, 2006. I was able to reserve a seat for the last day, which happened to feature lots from the movies with the classic cast. Because it was my birthday that weekend I considered this a treat to myself, with hopes of literally competing against the world to snag a piece of Star Trek history.

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