July 18, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
We could argue all day about who the best Starfleet commander was (at least some of us could), but when it comes down to it, all of their terms had to come to an end. For Tony Alleyne, it was time to hand his ship off to the next captain.
Alleyne’s apartment, which was widely publicized due to the fact that he modeled it after “Star Trek: Voyager,” now has a new owner. After a remarkable 34 bids, it sold on eBay for $850,000.
“Having spent over 14 years living in the apartment and at least 10 years carrying out a science-fiction conversion, I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t be sad when I eventually move out,” Alleyne says. After all, the guy did put blood, sweat and the majority of his bank account into the apartment’s design and construction.
However, he wouldn’t change a thing, looking fondly back on the project that put him into temporary bankruptcy. “As a young boy, I had always dreamt of living in a spaceship,” he says. “If nothing else happens in my life, I will always have the memory of being the first man in the world to design, build and live in a spaceship environment.”
But this journey isn’t quite over. As the sale finishes up, Alleyne contemplates his next move—both in location and profession. He is currently working on a TV project called “Extreme Movie Makeovers,” which will be marketed to networks in both the UK and the USA. He’s also plotting his next home project. “‘Star Wars,’ perhaps ... I haven’t decided yet,” he says.
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