For an out-of-this-world price, you can own the original Han Solo blaster reportedly used by actor Harrison Ford in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
A company called Profiles in History is auctioning the movie prop gun, the DL-44 blaster, in Calabasas Hills, Calif., on December 21. The estimated selling price is in the $200,000–$300,000 range.
According to the description of the item, “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…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… ”
The description also suggests that this item, “the most exciting science fiction weapon to have been offered for public auction,” may have also been used on screen by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). The company is also auctioning off Ford’s prop pistol from Blade Runner for about $8,000 or so.
There is some buzz in Hollywood that Harrison Ford might reprise the Han Solo role in the upcoming Star Wars sequel.
There seems to be a thriving market for science fiction memorabilia. In the summer of 2012, the Galileo NCC-1701/7 shuttlecraft prop of the U.S.S. Enterprise that appeared in the original Star Trek TVvseries in the 1960s was sold in an online auction for $70,000.
Are you a fan of movie memorabilia? If the force was with you, would you spend six figures for the Han Solo Star Wars gun?