Kirk’s phaser rifle from Star Trek’s second filmed pilot (“Where No Man Has Gone Before”) sold at the Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction this weekend for $231,000 (with buyer’s premium). This is the most ever paid for a Star Trek prop at auction. The only memorabilia that has sold for more are original models and some set pieces (such as the original captain’s chair).
Only one phaser rifle prop was ever made and it was only used in one episode. Star Trek collecting expert Alec Peters (of the Star Trek Prop, Costume and Auction Blog) tells TrekMovie that he considers it the “single most important Star Trek prop.” Peters cites its uniqueness and how it was used extensively by William Shatner on screen in only one episode as contributing to its value. Peters also points to how the prop was used in publicity materials for Star Trek as being part of the value of this particular prop.
The prop was sold to a private American collector who has one of the biggest collections of original Star Trek costumes in the world. This prop will join the collection and will likely not end up being displayed at museums.
The phaser rifle was created for Gene Roddenberry by toy designer Reuben Klamer. Here is a video made by Julien’s with Klamer takling about the prop.