A certain wise smuggler once said that there is no match for having a good blaster at your side. And now you could own one of the one’s that he personally used as one of Han Solo’s DL-44 blasters is coming up for auction.
Auction house Profiles In History will be featuring the iconic prop in their December 21st auction of Hollywood props and costumes. According to their catalog description, found at their online partner Invaluable –
This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor. Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The blaster is exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use, but retains all of the original details, including the flash suppressor and scope (the eye-piece of which is detailed with reflective scotch-lite tape). The added distinction of this particular piece is that it was also likely used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, as both characters shared the same style of weapon in Empire. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from a noted Star Wars collector. To our knowledge this is the only known example of this type of blaster in private hands. This is a truly incredible item of motion picture history and quite possibly the most exciting science fiction weapon to have been offered for public auction.
Profiles in History is estimating that the gun could go for somewhere around $200,000. If that is a little out of your price range, there will also be one of Harrison Ford’s stunt guns from Blade Runner with a starting bid of $6,000 and a rifle used by Ford in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull with a starting bid of $8,000.
And for those of you who don’t win the auction, here is MythBusters‘ Adam Savage shows you how to build your own, extremely accurate replica.