Han Solo’s original blaster, used by Harrison Ford in Star Wars: A New Hope, is expected to fetch up to $500,000 (£410,000) when it goes under the hammer later this month.
The prop gun, previously missing and believed to have been lost, has been rediscovered by Rock Island Auction Company (RIAC) and will be available at the company’s main auction.
According to RIAC, the gun is the only surviving blaster prop of the three used in filming the original Star Wars trilogy.
The pre-auction estimate for Han Solo’s BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster is $300-500,000 (£245-410,000).
The prop was based on the German-made Mauser C96, one of the first and most recognizable semi-automatic pistols ever made.
Wanting to give the captain of the Millennium Falcon an old-west gunslinger feel, the designers chose the Mauser C96 as the basis for Han Solo’s iconic blaster.
The German-made Mauser C96 is one of the first and most recognizable semi-automatic pistols made.
Star Wars Hollywood memorabilia has become highly sought after in the field of collecting.
In 2018, Han Solo’s blaster from Return of the Jedi was sold to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! for $550,000 (£451,000) dollars.
More recently, an original X-wing miniature prop cost $2.3 million (£1.8 million) in June 2022.