‘Star Trek’ shuttlecraft prop sells for $70,000 at auction
Fictional Star Trek vehicles specially designed for short trips in space, such as between planetary surface and orbit, Shuttlecraft has been used extensively in the original ‘Star Trek’, which is a culturally influential science fiction entertainment TV Series that became a cult phenomenon after it was first aired in the late 1960s. And, a special shuttlecraft named Galileo, which was used during the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise mission of exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and civilizations, has now been sold for more than $70,000 after a bidding war at 11-day online auction held by KIKO auctioneers of Canton, Ohio. We have also earlier seen the sale of real life Star Trek Voyager, developed by a crazy sci-fi lover named Tony Alleyne.
The shuttlecraft Galileo prop, known to many Trekkies as NCC-1701/7 and later as Galileo II made its first debut back in year 1967 for the first season of the Star Trek TV Series in an episode entitled “The Galileo Seven”.
The shuttlecraft was actually used for transportation from the Star Trek’s USS Enterprise when using the transporter wasn’t possible due to distance or dense matter. Known as the largest prop from the Star Trek TV Series, the Galileo shuttlecraft measures 24 ft long x 9 ft wide in front x 14 ft in back x 9 ft. tall.
This shuttlecraft prop sat on the movie lot for years after the Star Trek TV series was cancelled and fell into disrepair. However, the second owner did minor restoration work and displayed the prop on several events. The current owner purchased the prop and moved using a special oversized trailer from Hollywood, CA back to Ohio for restoration.
Interestingly, an early bid of $20,000 was about to claim the prop, until the last 90 seconds of the auction when three bidders then locked horns to get their hands on the item, as said by auctioneer Brooks Ames. And, there has been no word yet on the buyer, but Brooks Ames said that the buyer has plans to restore the Galileo and then to perhaps display it inside a museum.