Han Solo’s Sole Surviving Blaster Can Be Yours (For $500K?)

The movie franchise that became Star Wars is one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all-time. Collectors who love Star Wars are also addicted to owning many collectibles based on the various movies, films, televised programs and so on. One such collectible that is extremely rare (or unique in this case) would be owning Han Solo’s Blaster from “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

It turns out that there may be only one surviving example of the Han Solo blaster worn by Harrison Ford during the shooting of A New Hope. And now it can be yours — all you have to do is come up with $300,000 to $500,000 to buy it, or perhaps even more.

Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction will occur from August 26 to August 28 (2022) and the sole surviving blaster used in the creation of the original Star Wars trilogy is up for auction.

According to Rock Island, Star Wars fans consider Han Solo’s blaster to be one of the most recognizable weapons in movie history. The pre-auction estimate for Han Solo’s BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster is put in a range of $300,000 to $500,000. Then again, the only thing that may prevent it from rising even higher is when the next-to-last bidder finally taps out because the price is just too much for them to justify (or afford).

Han Solo original blaster

Here is what Rock Island Auction said about this sole surviving movie prop:

Han Solo’s blaster was previously considered missing and presumed lost forever, requiring new prop blasters to be built for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” The replacement wielded by Ford in the “Return of the Jedi” sold at auction in 2018 for $550,000. The current offering by Rock Island Auction Company is the sole surviving blaster prop remaining of the three used for filming the original trilogy. Han Solo’s blaster could set the new high-water mark in the increasingly popular field of Star Wars collectibles. In 2017 an original R2D2 droid sold for $2.75 million, and an original X-wing miniature prop brought $2.3 million in June 2022.

Originally Han Solo’s blaster was a Mauser C96 broom handle pistol that served as a prop in previous movies, such as the 1968 film “Naked Runner” where it was used by Frank Sinatra, playing an assassin. Roger Christian, set decorator for “A New Hope,” told Esquire magazine that he wanted Han Solo’s blaster to look like a western gun. The Mauser was modified with a World War II era scope and the muzzle from an airplane-mounted machine gun, along with a few other modifications. The blaster comprised of military surplus parts would go on to serve as the prototype for those carried by Solo throughout the first three Star Wars films produced.

This particular three-day auction has many items up for auction, more than 2,000 in total. As well as antique guns, there will also be a pair of pistols used by Angelina Jolie in the 2001 movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and a historic revolver of Wild Bill Hickok that many historians believe was on his person when he was shot dead in Deadwood, South Dakota.

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