The Han Solo spin-off movie is scheduled to hit the theaters later this month, and just ahead of its launch we’ve learned that one of the original hero blasters used by Harrison Ford in the 1983 movie “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” is up for grabs. The hero blaster, dubbed the BlasTech DL-44, is among the best known movie props from the sci-fi franchise. The non-firing custom built blaster was inspired by a Mauser C96 Broomhandle and modified with new pieces for the movie. The blaster will go under the hammer on June 23 as a part of Hollywood Legends sale by Julien’s Auctions.
According to the auction website: “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.” This particular prop was given to the film’s art director, James L. Schoppe, who kept it and other gifts from the set – such as production photographs, blueprints, script pages, maps and illustrations – safe for the past 35 years. The other non-firing DL-44 blaster was auctioned in 2013 where it was sold for $200,000. Julien’s Auctions has a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000 for this blaster. Star wars movie props are among some of the most sought-after pop culture collectibles. Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber prop sold for $450,000 last year and an R2-D2 droid used in several films sold for $2.7 million.