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Profiles in History sale #21, lot #339


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SALE: Hollywood Auction 21 ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE: unknown
(NBC-TV, 1966-69) Archive of materials from the workroom of visionary Star Trek costume designer, William Ware Theiss, including a Strathmore sketch pad containing five sketches of costumes (one dated 11-21-68) and pages of written notes outlining costs of materials, trim, and notions, a loose black pen drawing of a female costume drawn (of actor Teri Garr as Roberta Lincoln) on the back of a script cover page for Star Trek episode “Assignment Earth” dated December 20, 1967, and a second loose color sketch of a green female ensemble. Also, a collection of ten paper napkins and paper towels featuring pen & ink conceptual drawings and doodles of costumes in the hand of Mr. Theiss. There was little time for the design and build of what could be numerous costumes on “Star Trek” and other weekly television shows, and when inspiration struck, Mr. Theiss was known to draw anywhere and on anything! Also in this lot, two vintage photos of models in futuristic Theiss dresses, four pieces of Star Trek /Desilu note paper and one piece of letterhead (printed “from the log of the Starship Enterprise”), four receipts from 1967 showing costumes being rented for the show (one with an original Bill Theiss signature), a fan letter from a young fan asking questions about uniform emblems, a metallic silver tubular Stim prop and corresponding brown rustic casing with faux horse hair and colorful string & wire detailing from the Gene Roddenberry pilot, Genesis Two, and Star Trek birthday party drinking cups and a paper tablecloth mint in package from the 1970’s. Acquired directly from the estate of William Ware Theiss.