Tony Alleyne, 58, is a former professional DJ but is better known as the Trekkie who transformed his 500-square-foot flat in Hinckley, England, to look like the starships from “Star Trek.” Now, he’s facing the reality that he must boldly go in search of his next home. He’s been separated from his wife since 1994, and in the divorce proceedings, a court ruled that his estranged wife has the right to sell the apartment. According to The Sun tabloid, Georgina Alleyne has been paying the mortgage since the couple separated, and intends to sell it as a conventional property. Tony Alleyne has been trying to sell the apartment in its unconventional form for years. It was on the market for $1.7 million in 2003 and again on eBay in 2007 for about $850,000, but it didn’t sell.However, while Tony Alleyne is dismayed, he says: “There may be a second option. She wants to dismantle the place in August or September, but there’s an option to maybe buy her out.”So while the apartment could still be rescued in its “Star Trek” form, it probably won’t be Tony Alleyne doing the buying. He filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after racking up £166,000 ($266,000 at current exchange rates) in credit-card debt and loans to start an interior design business. He told CNBC by telephone from Leicestershire that he expects to remain in bankruptcy proceedings until 2013.
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