A signature costume worn by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) in ‘The Search for Spock’, the third feature in the Star Trek film franchise. Kirk wears the costume for the overriding majority of the film and during a key scene many fans and critics believe to be the most moving in the series.
The outfit consists of a dark burgundy imitation leather over-jacket, a burgundy jacket and trousers trimmed with black leather, an ornate pink shirt and a black leather belt with a metal buckle. The jacket, trousers and shirt include Western Costume labels with the typed name “William Shatner”.
This costume featured in the Christie’s ‘40 Years of Star Trek’ auction, New York City, October 2006. The auction tags remain intact. There are small holes in the upper and lower sleeves of the burgundy jacket and on the lower leg portion of the trousers, most probably from wear on set; otherwise the costume is in very good condition.
Released by Paramount Pictures on June 1st, 1984, ‘Star Trek: The Search for Spock’ is the pivotal central movie in a three-film story arc that begins with ‘Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan’ and ends with ‘Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home’.
Directed by Leonard Nimoy, who also played the legendary character of Spock in the franchise, the movie explores the adventures of Kirk and his intrepid crew, who are forced to steal the Entreprise in a bid to reunite Spock’s katra or spirit with his body, battling their arch-enemy, The Klingons, along the way.
In his acclaimed book, ‘Star Trek Movie Memories: The Inside Story of the Classic Movies’, author Chris Kreski states his belief that the scene where Kirk learns of his son’s death is his “finest celluloid moment ever”. Kirk not only wears this incredible costume in the scene, but also removes the leather jacket to cover his son’s dead body.