Forgot all about this yesterday! The two or three of you who read this blog with any frequency have seen my babbling about the auction for the shuttlecraft Galileo full-size mockup/prop from the original Star Trek series. After being believed lost for years, the lady who has owned and stored the Galileo for lo these many years stepped into the spotlight long enough to let fans know that the shuttle was still around, though in need of some serious TLC.
She worked with an auction house to put the Galileo up for sale to the highest bidder. High profile folks like Doug Drexler and Michael Okuda, as well as the gang from Star Trek: Phase II took notice, and the rest of us hung back and watched, hoping the shuttle would be purchased by someone committed to its full and proper restoration.
(The Galileo as she appeared at a convention in 1986. Click to Biggie Size.)
It looks like fan wishes have been granted, as the auction which began on June 18th concluded yesterday, with the shuttle being purchased for $61,000 by the team of Alec Peters (Propworx) and Adam Schneider (a collector of screen-used filming miniatures from film and TV). Check out their site: GalileoRestoration.com: Help Us Save the Galileo Shuttlecraft!
They’ve already announced on their site’s blog that they’ve been in contact with Doug Drexler, so I expect to be hearing some cool things from the D-Man soon. Hopefully, this group of dedicated fans and artists can restore the Galileo to its former glory. I can’t speak for anyone else, but gettin’ a pic with the lady is still on my Bucket List.