Heritage Auctions are currently listing a number of items sourced from Dan Curry, Star Trek visual effects supervisor from early TNG, through DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. The work spans all of those series, and what is mainly on offer are collections of concept art, for various Star Trek starships, locations, and weapons. Continue below to check out some of these fascinating bits of Star Trek history.
The highlight of the collection in my view is the only model on offer, a rough concept for a "Borg Battle Drone". The model is displayed with a little plaque that describes what the ship is:
When conceiving this fighting platform I imagined it would be controlled by biological drone brains connected to the Hive Collective physically imbedded into the space craft.
It was important to reflect the Borg pragmatic approach to engineering.
Function is supreme with no regard to aesthetics. New structures are added as needs arise.
An even more gruesome version of the Borg had it been brought to life! Heritage Auctions attribute this design to TNG, though it's not clear which episode it might have been created for (if any that ever got to production). They also point out the the concept of a growing adapting Borg ship was eventually realised in Enterprise's Regeneration.
All these items are part of Heritage Auctions' Movie Posters Signature Auction, coming up later this month; if you're interested in obtaining them, bidding has already begun.
And if you'd like to see a whole lot more of Dan Curry's Star Trek artwork and production magic, look out for the new book Star Trek: The Artistry of Dan Curry(ad), which is due out in just a month's time! See my previous report for preview pages from the book.