If I can sneak away this afternoon, I'm gonna cross Oak Lawn and visit Heritage Auction Galleries HQ -- just so's I can touch the hem of one Admiral James T. Kirk. The Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan costume worn by Bill Shatner, and since stored in the private collection of a prop-and-costume company owner, won't be in Dallas much longer: Heritage is about to ship it back to Los Angeles, where it'll be auctioned off July 16 for what Heritage expects will be somewhere north of $20,000.
"It's really cool," says Doug Norwine, who's in charge of the company's pop-culture auctions. "The top five Star Trek collectors in the world will be bidding on it. We sent it to collectors, the experts, who said this is a fantastic piece of history. And if they said it, you know you got something there."
Me, I can't afford it -- or, even, Mr. Spock's undershirt. But on a very related note, did you know William Shatner's scheduled to appear in Plano October 23? No? Now you do. Finally, I get a proper birthday celebration.
Update: I did indeed sneak a close-up peek at the costume. A photo follows. But, who knew the sleeves were so detailed? Even the little buttons, which you'd never see even on the big screen, have the insignia on 'em.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.