It may not be quite as iconic as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, but you now have the chance to own the iconic blaster Han Solo used in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi… Well, depending on how healthy your bank account is.
On June 23, Julien’s Auctions are holding their Hollywood Legends sale, where one of blasters Harrison Ford made look so damn cool will be on sale.
But dedicated fans who are hoping to really up their cosplay game at Comic-Con better either better have some serious savings or be adept at the Jedi mind trick, because the custom-built prop – it was made from a German gun from the early 20th Century – is expected to fetch a whopping $300,000-$500,000.
According to the auction website, “This original production-used BlasTech DL-44 blaster prop weapon was custom made specifically for the film, built on a metal working Mauser C96 Broomhandle with additional found parts, greblies [sic] and cast resin pieces added on.
“One of three ‘Han Solo’ blasters made for and used in the film, the production created one practical (blank fire) version rented and two non-firing versions.”
One of the non-firing versions (the whereabouts of the other is unknown), the prop was given to the film’s art director, James L. Schoppe, who has kept it and other gifts from the set – such as production photographs, blueprints, script pages, maps and illustrations – safe for the past 35 years, and now stands to make an absolute killing.
As for where the blaster will end up in terms of the most expensive Star Wars pieces of memorabilia ever, it has a decent hope of actually fetching more than Skywalker’s lightsaber, which last year was sold for $450,000.
However, it’s virtually zero chance of going for as much as an R2-D2 droid that was used in several films and ended up earning $2.7 million!