‘Battlestar,’ for sale

Jan. 24, 2009 | 2:15 a.m.

'Battlestar Galactica'There may only be nine weeks left of the Sci Fi channel’s fading light, “Battlestar Galactica,” but the memories will never really disappear. One reason: Thanks to EBay, thousands of props, costumes and other bits of galactic memorabilia from the show will be sold online to fans throughout the world starting today.

Collectors can log on to Ebay every Friday for the remainder of the season and bid for props featured in that week’s episode. Looking for an original Book of Pythia or a Viper flight manual? Look no further. Items such as these will go to the highest bidder every week until “Battlestar” disappears forever.

Last weekend the show’s creators kicked off the season with a live auction at the Pasadena Convention Center. The two-day event featured more than 3,000 souvenirs, including Admiral William Adama’s (Edward James Olmos) uniform and Starbuck’s (Katee Sackhoff) flight suit. The bonanza hosted “a tremendous amount of people” that included a large international presence, said a spokeswoman for the show.

Cast members were largely responsible for picking the items and donated proceeds to various charities of their choosing. Tricia Helfer (the sultry Number Six) picked her character’s iconic red dress, which sold for the shockingly high price of $13,000. Michael Hogan (Col. Saul Tigh) chose his infamous liquor bottles for auction (one sold for $1,900, while the other went for $1,100).

Other memorabilia is equally impressive. A life-size centurion costume; Apollo’s (Jamie Bamber) suit; several Vipers, Raptors and Cylon Raiders; and pieces of the Combat Information Center were all included in the auction. One BSG forum estimated that buying and shipping a giant Raptor to the East Coast would cost roughly $5,000, though that number is unconfirmed.

“Battlestar Galactica is an incredible series that has drawn critical praise as well as tremendous fan support,” says Stacey Ward, director of product development at NBC Universal, which owns the Sci Fi channel. “We are really proud to be able to give fans a chance to bid on their favorite costume, prop or a piece of the set in this unique auction setting.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for the passionate and loyal fans of “Battlestar Galactica” to own a piece of their favorite show,” Alec Peters, chief executive officer of Propworx, which manages set design, said. “If you saw it on the show, we will most likely be selling it.”

— Alicia Lozano


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