For Star Wars collectors, original movie-used props are the holy grail of collectors pieces, with bidding wars resulting in enough cash being thrown around to make Greedo blush; with the newest item to hit the block being Luke Skywalker’s blaster from Empire Strikes Back.
The iconic gun is the same model used by Han Solo, a design based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol and custom made by casting the original prop used in the first Star Wars,” the auction’s description states. “Gun retains its original flash suppressor and scope, though it does not (and never did) fire, making it the lighter model used in the movie for non-firing scenes.”
The story of how the prop ended up in the sellers hands is a bizarre story all in itself.
“Blaster was gifted to original owner by Hamill during an episode of Jim’ll Fix It, a children’s show on BBC Television,” the listing states. “…Gun is in original 1980 filming condition and has some wear, including one glued section. Overall very good condition. With provenance from Sotheby’s 18 March 1998 sale, as lot 48.”
The blaster, better known as the DL-44 (the bane of many a Battlefront early adopter), is expected to sell for $300,000 (USD), which would make it the highest selling Star Wars and film weapon prop ever, smashing the records set by Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from A New Hope ($240,000) and the pistol used by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner ($207,000).
The auction is scheduled to end January 28, so there’s still time to sell your organs and max out those credit cards!