Han Solo Blaster Prop From Return Of The Jedi Expected To Fetch Up To $500,000 At Auction

May 3, 2018

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One of three of the BlasTech DL-44 blaster props used by Han Solo in Return Of The Jedi is hitting the auction block June 23rd as part of the Hollywood Legends sale by Julien's Auctions. It is expected to fetch somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000. For reference, that's a lot of money. Now I'm not saying I don't have that kind of money, *donning ski mask* I'm just saying I don't have it YET.

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.

As cool as it would be to own, I'm pretty sure you could commission a convincing replica for way cheaper. Like, $499,500 cheaper. Besides, I don't want to own one of three prop blasters, I want to own THE ONLY ONE. We must destroy the others like the One Ring -- round up Frodo and the gang. Unfortunately, since the bank robbery was a bust (couldn't find a getaway driver), I have no choice but to monetize all the cryptocurrency on my mining rig to see how much I can actually bid. "Well?" Turns out I've only been mining MP3s and steamy adult videos.

Thanks to v, who agrees with enough of my henchman waving ninja swords at anybody considering raising their hand to bid, my $60 might just stand.

  • whacko

    I understand why people want an actual part of the movies to own, however most of these props looks rather disappointing in-person. Movie production designers aren't creating collector pieces, they're making props that will look OK from a distance on-screen as quickly as possible. They often have bad paint, visible glue and other things that the prop designer didn't think would be visible on-camera.

    Most of the modern collector-grade prop replicas are much higher quality than the props they are based on. But of course, Harrison Ford hasn't held them.

  • Meh

    That horrible design. I guess it totally explains why it all is so wackily designed.

  • Jenness

    And why they miss so many shots.

  • Jenness

    For that cash you could get two sets of incredible and bespoke Purdey hunting rifles. I mean - that's just nuts to pay that for that.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Or hanlf an original broomhandle pistol... (joke. broomhandle pistols run about $4000 to $10k depending on condition and accessories).

  • Bling Nye

    Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

  • Munihausen

    JJ Abrams should be consistent: buy it, throw it into the garbage, vomit into said garbage, and then demand $20 from you.

  • JimmyJam

    Shouldn't we be saving all these Star Wars stories for tomorrow?

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