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Profiles in History sale #24, lot #319


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Profiles In History Catalog Listing

SALE: Hollywood Auction 24 ESTIMATE: $20000 - $30000
PRICE: $27500
Original "Gorn" full-head mask from the Star Trek episode "Arena"
(NBC-TV, 1966-69) This original Wah Chang-created Gorn head mask is constructed of green-painted foam with rhinestone eyes and what appear to be real reptilian teeth – the gum lines on the teeth are still visible. Two depressions beneath the eyes conceal small silk-screen windows that allow the actor to see through the mask, and in a testament to Wah Chang’s attention to detail, tiny hairs are glued to the inside of the nostrils. The lower neck collar is wrapped with the same fabric as the Gorn’s tunic, allowing the costume to blend together. This original mask was previously part of the collection of Cinefantastique publisher Fred Clarke. He at one time owned the entire Gorn costume, but time and (one of his cats!) brought the rest of the costume to an early demise. Of the two complete masks made for this classic episode, this is the only one known to have survived. Truly a rare and highly desirable piece of Star Trek lore. Approx. 12 in. tall.

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This lot was featured on the cover of the catalog for auction 24.