This mysterious model appeared on eBay with little fanfare. [credit:

The first model of the USS Enterprise ever used in shooting the original Star Trek series may have surfaced after going missing decades ago.
An eBay listing of a 3-foot model of the Enterprise appeared early last week and named a starting bid of $1,000. The listing was removed hours after it went up after enthusiasts on social media and forums discovered it and pieced together what it likely was. Some of those enthusiasts said in the private Facebook group “Star Trek Prop Makers & Collectors” that they had contacted the seller suggesting it be returned to its rightful owners, which many believe to be the estate of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
On Thursday evening, Rod Roddenberry, son of Gene Roddenberry and steward of the Roddenberry estate, shared a message

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