Battlestar Galactica fans found out that they would have to pay $13,000 to get into Tricia Helfer's red dress last week when the iconic costume sold at a charity auction in Pasadena, Calif., one of several auctions of Battlestar props, costumes, set pieces and documents.
Hundreds of items from the hit show were sold to online and live bidders Jan. 17-18 at the Pasadena Convention Center as part of an ongoing charity auction. A portion of the overall proceeds were donated to United Way, while cast members designated specific items to benefit other charities.
At a price tag of $13,000, Helfer's dress—worn by her character, Caprica Six—was one of the biggest sellers among the the items initially offered. Cast member Michael Hogan, meanwhile, supplied the auction with two of his character Saul Tigh's trademark liquor bottles, one of which went for $1,900 and the other for $1,100. Michael Trucco, who plays Sam Anders, designated a number of metal and plastic knives as well as holsters for sale; the highest bid for one of his items was $900.
A number of larger items also went on sale and will be offered in the weeks to come. A full-sized Raptor sold last week for an undisclosed amount, and panels from the Galactica's CIC were also being auctioned, though top bids were unavailable. Other items for sale include Apollo's Viper, the office furnishings from Adm. Adama's stateroom, pieces of the Colonial One set and dozens of weapons.
According to Auction Network, the initial auctions drew record numbers of registrants and bidders, with the total number of registered bidders at 2,067. Some 1,833 of these registrants were online bidders, destroying Auction Network's previous record of 433.
Fans who missed out on bidding will have more chances to obtain pieces of Battlestar memorabilia in the weeks to come. On Jan. 12, auctioneers offered 200 items through eBay, including some of Adm. Cain's books, Viper flight manuals and panels from Galactica's CIC. Last week, another 200 items were scheduled for auction on eBay, with additional items being added each Friday to coincide with the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica, which airs at 10 p.m. The items auctioned will come from the episode airing that evening.