'Star Trek' Collectibles Begin Pre-Auction Tour

LONDON (AP) - "Star Trek''memorabilia spanning four decades - including Vulcan jewelry and Starfleetmini-dresses - went on display Wednesday in London in preparation for the firstofficial auction of studio items from the sci-fi phenomenon.

The collection of more than1,000 items is being soldCBS Paramount Television to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first "StarTrek'' TV episode, said Helen Bailey, head of entertainment collections atChristie's auction house. The show ran from 1966 to 1969, but spawned fivespinoff series and 10 films.

Weapons and models of theStarship Enterprise from the original series to the 2002 movie "Star Trek:Nemesis'' remain on display at Christie's in central London until Tuesday,before going to four U.S. cities en route to Christie's in New York City forthe three-day sale beginning Oct. 5.

Highlightsinclude a replica of Capt. James T. Kirk's chair from the original series - madefor a 1996 episode of spinoff "Deep SpaceNine'' - with an estimated value of 6,400 pounds (US$12,000, euro9,400).

Costumes, including a grayuniform and boots worn by star WilliamShatner, are expected to fetch up to 3,200 pounds (US$6,000, euro4,700)each.

"Star Trek has been acornerstone of Americanpopular culture for 40 years,'' said Cathy Elkies, director of specialcollections at Christie's.

The collection is valued atover 1 million pounds (US$1.8 million, euro1.5 million).

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