A man who took 10 years to create his own personal man-cave—in this instance, an awesome Star Trek starship interior replica that would make every Trek geek weep—has to tear it all down because his wife is divorcing him.
Tony Alleyne is the consumate Trekkie/Trekker.
When his wife left him in 1994, he undertook the massive task of transforming his Leicester, U.K., apartment into the interior of a Starfleet starship (that's what every Trek fan on the planet would do, right?)—in his case, the USS Voyager was his inspiration.
"I have always considered that of all the Starfleet ships, Voyager is, in terms of interior, the luxury liner of the galaxy," Alleyne said back in 2009.
For 10 years Alleyne lovingly transformed his 500-square-foot apartment into a fully realized Trek fan's dream by hand-crafting all of the furnishings and adding molded walls, a high-tech bathroom, voice-activated blue lighting, air conditioning, a command console and even his very own awesome transporter room.
Everything in there would make any Star Trek captain proud.
Unfortunately, the soon-to-be-ex-wife, named Georgina—who actually owns the apartment and has paid the mortgage since '94—wants to sell it in the divorce. So Alleyne has no choice but to destroy the entire thing.
"To say I'm gutted is an understatement. It is my life's work—and it looks like it's going into a skip. I admit there were tears."
So how much would it cost for Alleyne to rebuild the whole thing from scratch? Close to £100,000 ($155,630.63 U.S.). Ouch!
We really feel sorry for the poor guy and think it's an immense loss for the Star Trek community. But the lesson here is: Don't build anything permanent in/on a property you don't actually own.
To see what we mean by immense loss, just check out these 2009 pics of the stunning Starship interior that Alleyne built. We dare you not to weep bitter, bitter tears. We know we are.