Captain Kirk featured using the Star Trek phaser which recently got $231K at a California collectors auction (Photo: YouTube)

Wow! The original Star Trek phaser rifle gets $231K at auction? Guess there are not only some devoted but also very wealthy fans of the original sci-fi series featuring Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the rest of the crew aboard the Starship Enterprise. Though the fetching price is pretty amazing, it could have a little something to do with the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness movie. Tickets go on sale in the UK on Tuesday and already this morning a poster labeled "Earth Will Fall" is making it's rounds on the internet. The poster features Benedict Cumberbatch's 'John Harrison'  pictured below. What time will tickets for Star Trek Into Darkness go on sale in the UK you may be wondering? According to Paramount, you can look for them around 9:05 am Tuesday, March 9th.

But enough of that, you're here to read about the Phaser sale right? 

Star Trek "Into Darkness" tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 9th in the UK. The poster "Earth Will Fall" has been making it;s rounds today as fans prepare (Photo:comicbookmovie.com)

Yeah, you read it right folks. The original Star Trek phaser rifle used by Capt. Kirk in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" Pilot 2, got a $231K auction price this week exceeding the expectations of the seller. Its estimated auction price was $50,000 so you can imagine how ecstatic the seller must be to find what an incredible price the fictional space weapon could command. Since the rifle was only featured in one episode of Star Trek - the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" we decided to dig up the video for those who might be interested. Scroll to the bottom to watch the complete second pilot of Star Trek "Where No Man Has Gone Before" featuring Capt. Kirk using the phaser rifle

Star Trek gun prop has sold for over four times its estimated price at auction.

The Star Trek Phaser, getting $231K was sold at an auction held by Julien's in California, and no one can deny it was quite a success. The was the second highest price fetching prop from the sci-fi hit show, coming in behind the Captain's chair which was sold in 2008 for $304,750.

Star Trek Phaser Rifle Gets $231K - Julien's Auctioneer Explains

The rifle was designed by toy maker Reuben Klamera, exclusively for Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. Rodenberry is the mastermind behind the Star Trek television series. It seems Rodenberry told Klamera the show need a "really big gun" (ha-ha! sounds like something my two-year old might demand) in order to make the second pilot of the show a success. Klamera agreed to create the gun free of charge in exchange for something which I'm sure made him millions later: the licensing rights to the Star Trek phaser. The deal was agreed upon and the pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" debuted in 1966 featuring the wood-aluminum sci-fi rifle. Little did Klamera know, the Star Trek phaser would become such a coveted item nearly 50 years later getting a price of $231K at auction.

In honor of the Star Trek phaser rifle fetching the amazing price of $231K we've hunted out a few great Star Trek clips, featuring Captain Kirk and the gang--including the Star Trek Pilot 2 featuring the phaser rifle.

 Enjoy!

"Where No Man Has Gone Before" Star Trek Pilot 2 Complete Episode Featuring Phaser Rifle

I Have the Phaser, Captain

Captain Kirk's Court Marshall

Enterprise Crew Vs. Klingon

Shootout at the OK Corral

Kirk Is Dead!

About Star Trek (From Wikipedia)

Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and currently under the ownership of CBS.[Note 1] The franchise began in 1966 with the television series Star Trek later referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series. This series, its spin-off shows: Star Trek: The Animated Series,[Note 2] Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as the film series make up the core of the franchise's mythos. While the critical response to much of the franchise varies, many individual Star Trek episodes and films have won awards and honors including Emmy Awards, Hugo Awards and an Academy Award.

Westerns such as Wagon Train along with the novel Gulliver's Travels inspired Roddenberry when he created the first Star Trek. It followed the interstellar adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of an exploration vessel of a 23rd century galactic "United Federation of Planets" - the Starship Enterprise. This first series, now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. These adventures continued in the short-lived Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Four spin-off television series were eventually produced; Star Trek: The Next Generation, followed the crew of a new Starship Enterprise set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, set contemporaneously with The Next Generation; and Star Trek: Enterprise, set before the original series, in the early days of human interstellar travel. Four additional The Next Generation feature films were produced. In 2009, the prequel of the original series (set in an alternate timeline) Star Trek featuring a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original Enterprise appeared. A sequel to this film, Star Trek Into Darkness, is scheduled for release on May 17, 2013.

What do you think of the Star Trek Phaser rifle getting $231K? Could the upcoming "Into Darkness" Star Trek ticket sale in UK be responsible?