A Phaser rifle only used in the second pilot episode of the original Star Trek television series fetched a whopping $231,000 at auction yesterday. Julien’s Auctions, the auction house that sold the Phaser rifle, thought the piece of Star Trek history would go for around $70,000. It turns out they underestimated just how rich at least some Star Trek fans are.
I wouldn’t pay that much for a Phaser rifle unless it could really kill Klingons or Romulans, and I don’t mean by bashing them over the head with it.
I’d love to know a thing or two about the person who purchased this prop. They know it’s only a prop, right? I wonder how they arrived at a place in life where they can spend $231,000 on a piece of obscure Star Trek history. After the second pilot episode, the prop was never used on the show again. It was only used in publicity photos of William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk.
I’m guessing whoever purchased this thing doesn’t drink the supermarket brand of cola, nor do they buy their clothes at Marshalls or T.J. Max. It’s just a hunch.
Show me someone who spends over two hundred grand on a non-working Phaser rifle and I’ll show you someone who probably buys a lot of over-priced, stupid things.