Original Star Trek Enterprise model embroiled in fraud case

Star Trek Enterprise model

How did all this legal shenanigans start? Originally the Star Trek: The Original Series Starship Company The model was seemingly lost forever, disappearing from the face of the earth as if it fell into a wormhole. However, last October, Riach and Rivas purchased a storage unit in a lien sale, and that unit was filled with various items, including the Company.

Wanting to make sure they had the real thing, these two took the model to Heritage Auctions for authentication. After receiving this verification, the duo received good news: an estimate that the model would fetch around $800,000 at auction.

They initially agreed to auction the Star Trek item through Heritage in July 2024, but things got a little weird when Heritage contacted Rod Roddenberry (Gene Roddenberry’s son) about the Company fashion model.