William Shatner's Starfleet "Wrath of Khan" Jacket to be Boldly Auctioned

Tue, July 6th, 2010 at 10:14am PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

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A Starfleet officer’s jacket and undershirt worn by William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk in the second Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Khan, will be sold at Heritage Auction Galleries Beverly Hills (9478 West Olympic Boulevard) as part of a trove of Star Trek-related material in the company’s July 17 Signature® Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction. It is estimated at $20,000+.

“Of all the Star Trek movies, The Wrath of Khan is easily still the most popular,” said Doug Norwine, Director of Music & Entertainment Auctions at Heritage, “and here you have the very officer’s jacket that the franchise’s most popular character wore in that same film. There can’t be many better pieces in the realm of Star Trek collecting than this one.”

The pieces were actually worn in multiple Star Trek movies and featured in several spin-offs of the popular series subsequent to its initial usage by Shatner, but there can be no doubt that the most exciting sighting of this particular piece is from Khan. Taken for its whole journey, this jacket and undershirt has indeed seen a great many corners of the Star Trek galaxy.

The Starfleet uniform jacket worn by Shatner as Admiral James Tiberius Kirk was later modified and worn by Leon Russom in Star Trek VI. The jacket’s tag is Western Costume Company, with Shatner’s name clearly typed into it, and Russom’s name handwritten on with black felt tip.

“This costume, so different from the previous design features in the series, was an attempt to change the look and feel of the franchise to match a more nautical atmosphere,” said Norwine. “The resulting navel designs would be used in all Star Trek films until Star Trek: First Contact in 1996.”

Heritage’s July 17 auction also features a Star Trek film series costume duty uniform undershirt worn by Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. The sleeveless shirt sports a Paramount Studio tag labeled, “Spock/Nimoy,” and is believed to have been worn in Star Trek films II through VI.

“The Star Trek-themed lots in this sale cover the board,” Norwine said. “We have costumes and props used in the original television series, the movie series, Star Trek: Enterprise, and even Star Trek: Voyager.”

These other Star Trek highlights include:

DeForest Kelley’s Duty Uniform Undershirt with Stunt Pants from the Star Trek film series: Estimate: $3,000+.

DeForest Kelly Star Trek original TV series duty uniform trousers: Estimate: $8,000+

Screen-used Klingon Costume for the Star Trek television franchise: Estimate: $2,000+

TAGS:  star trek, william shatner, starfleet jacket, wrath of khan, heritage auctions

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