Costumes used in the Star Trek, including Scotty’s jacket, a replica Millennium Falcon from Star Wars and remote control Daleks have gone under the hammer in Northern Ireland. More than 1,000 pieces of rare sci-fi memorabilia was seized by police.
The items once belonged to a husband and wife from West Yorkshire who built up their collection from money stolen from the laundry equipment firm where the 55-year-old woman was employed.
She pleaded guilty in December to stealing £2.3m from the company between 2005 and 2012, while her 48-year-old husband admitted laundering £924,190 of the stolen funds.
The Wilsons Auctions in Mallusk, north Belfast put the collection up for sale on Friday night (20 June, 2014) with no reserve price on any of the items.
Aidan Larkin, assets recovery manager at Wilsons, said “the auction presented a once in a lifetime opportunity for sci-fi fans.”
“It’s rare for such a large, significant collection of these items to become available,” he said.
“Normally, at the specialist toy auctions there are one or two items of a certain range – we have complete waves of toys that were produced.”
“We have been informed when the costumes last changed hands in Christie’s auctions in New York a few years ago, the couple in question spent US$27,000 [£15,800] on these costumes,” he said.
Source The Guardian