Where 'Star Trek' meets 'Golden Girls'
Hint: This elaborate, pearlized furniture is part of Julien's Auctions summer sale this weekend in Las Vegas. No, it is not from the estate of Anna Nicole Smith. This elaborate ensemble once graced the Beverly Hills home of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, Majel.
Described in the auction catalog as a modern Italian dining room set, the table, 14 armchairs, china hutch, two buffet tables and custom rug look more like a mash-up of Hollywood Regency and "Golden Girls" formal. Whatever. I'm totally impressed that they went for it. Minimalists, cringe if you want, but I'll say it anyway: This set will be a steal if someone, be it a Trekkie or interior decorator Kelly Wearstler, snags it for $2,000 to $4,000, which is Julien's estimate for the lot. The Limoges dinnerware for 18 guests on the table is part of a 113-piece set (one coffee cup is missing) valued between $1,000 and $2,000.
Not quite your taste? Roddenberry also collected Asian furnishings and modern designs valued at under $1,000 that I wouldn't hesitate to bid on. See more photos after the jump.
Above: The Tudor-tinged Roddenberry library mixed a contemporary upholstered sofa with a lacquered Chinese coffee table and carved wooden side chairs upholstered in silk. Below: The Chinese Chippendale chairs, with a pagoda-shaped top rail and legs that resemble bamboo, are part of a group of four chairs estimated between $400 and $600. Three words about that: I want them.
-- David A. KeepsPhoto credits: Shaan Kokin / Julien's Auctions