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Jean-Luc Picard's (Patrick Stewart) Ressikan flute, box and a costume continuity script from the sci-fi TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Picard acquired his flute in the Season 5 episode "The Inner Light," where he lived 25 years as "Kamin" on the planet Kataan while in a coma aboard the Enterprise. He kept the flute as a memento of his alternate life, and also played it in the Season 6 episode "Lessons" as he fell in love with Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren (Wendy Hughes). The box the flute comes in screen-matches the one seen in the "The Inner Light" through the paint pattern. "The Inner Light" is considered by the fandom to be one of the best of the entire series, as well as being Stewart's favourite episode. The flute itself is one of the most memorable and important props from the show and it was toured around the US prior to being sold in a previous auction, with fans regularly asking to see and hold it. To make sure Picard's fingering was correct in "Lessons", musician Bryce Martin sat just out of frame, giving the impression that his hands were Picard's.
The flute is made of brass with six drilled holes down the shaft and holes drilled in both ends. A white cotton tassel is wrapped around the shaft. The flute does not produce musical notes, which Stewart found amusing when it was originally sold in auction. The box is resin decorated with jagged shapes, airbrushed and spattered paint and features a silver-color foam lining to protect the flute.
The script for "The Inner Light" features costume continuity photographs and notes for prominent characters in the episode, including Kamin (Stewart), Eline (Margot Rose) and Batai (Richard Riehle). It also includes a "Final Draft" copy of the script, dated "March 24, 1992" and printed on different colored pages. The script features "225 The Inner Light" handwritten in black marker on its spine.
The flute has some wear from production use and age, including tarnishing on the brass. The string has unwrapped itself slightly from the shaft, and one of the metal pieces from the side of the mouthpiece has come away, revealing the glue beneath. The inside of the box has some silver-color paint transfer inside the lid. The script has some curled corners and creasing from production use. Overall the collection remains in excellent overall condition. Dimensions: (flute) 10.25" x .75" x .75" (26 cm x 2 cm x 2 cm); (box) 12.25" x 3.5" x 3.5" (31 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm); (script) 11" x 8.75" x 1" (28 cm x 22 cm x 2.5 cm)
Estimate: $50,000 - 70,000
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.