Star Trek Fan's £300,000 Memorabilia Collection

Super-fan built Enterprise ship replica in his basement


Star Trek Fan's $500,000 Memorabilia Collection
A Star Trek obsessive has boldly gone where no fan has gone before – by building a replica ship worth a staggering £300,000 ($500,000) in his basement.

Anthony Sforza, 48 has loved the show for as long as he can remember and started collecting action figures in the 1980s.

He started collecting props after going to a convention in New York city.

In 2010 - after amassing a huge collection of costumes, figures and props totalling more than 300 items - he started on his most ambitious project to date.

He spent three years and more than 1,500 hours recreating the interior of the iconic Enterprise ship in his Long Island basement in New York.

The most notable pieces of Anthony's collection is the captain's costume which is called the Monster Maroon.

The married father of two, said: "It was very difficult at first to find materials that they used on the show.

"I tried to call them but getting an answer was impossible.

"Fortunately I was able to purchase a piece of the original set which I pulled apart to find out the exact paint and materials that were used – that's how I created the basement."

Anthony's two sons Michael and Daniel are delighted with their father's basement and love the show almost as much as he does.

Daniel, 7 said: "I think that it's cool because he has all the belts and badges and everything is here to show just how much he loves Star Trek."

His 11-year-old son Michael, added: "I would love to do something like this when I'm older – it would be pretty cool and I think it would be a good addition to any home."

But not everybody in the family is as enthusiastic about Anthony's otherworldly obsession.

His sister Marion, 44, thinks his behaviour is a little odd.

She said: "Anthony's been obsessed with Star Trek for as long as I think I've been alive.

"I don't remember him ever not being obsessed with it, even when he was a little boy.

"I think he's a freak, but he loves it and he could be into worse things so if that's what makes him happy then that's great."

Despite spending so much time constructing his spaceship interior – which is modelled on the NX-01 from the show's latest incarnation, Enterprise - Anthony still has the full support of his wife Annette, 46.

She said: "When Anthony first told me his vision for the basement I couldn't see it the way he did until he started building it.

"Once that started happening we all started getting very excited because we were seeing his vision come to fruition.

"I think it's wonderful, I admire him so much for being able to put vision into something like this and for it to look so incredible – it's wonderful and I'm so proud of him."

Plumber, Anthony's one-of-a-kind Star Trek basement is dedicated to his favourite film franchise.

Anthony plans to continue building his massive collection and hopes to expand the basement so he can display even more costumes.

Inside the Crystal Palace home with a spaceship in the loft

Inside the Crystal Palace home with a spaceship in the loft