Kirk’s Wrath of Khan jacket up for auction

Captain Kirk's jacket from STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, worn by William ShatnerThe Starfleet jacket worn by William Shatner as Captain Kirk in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN will be auctioned off at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on July 17.  If you cannot make it to Heritage Auctions in person, you can make on absentee bid here. But only fans with deep pockets need bother: the opening bid is $10,000; the final bid is expected to be in the neighborhood of $20,000. Other screen props from STAR TREK will also be available.

Online bidding closes at 10:00pm Central Time that evening before the live auction. Live bidding starts at 10:00am on July 17. During the live session, you can bid online, by phone, or in person at:

Heritage Auctions – Beverly Hills
9478 West Olympic Blvd., 1st Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Read the press release below:

BEVERLY HILLS—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+.

Heritage Auctions, founded by Steve Ivy and Jim Halperin, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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