Han Solo’s Original DL-44 Blaster is Up For Sale

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Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is currently up for auction on invaluable.com. The starting bid? $200,000.

This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor. Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The blaster is exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use, but retains all of the original details, including the flash suppressor and scope (the eye-piece of which is detailed with reflective scotch-lite tape). The added distinction of this particular piece is that it was also likely used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, as both characters shared the same style of weapon in Empire.

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There’s no bid on the weapon yet, but if you’re interested, you have up to December 21st until the auction closes.

Han shot first.

[Invaluable.com | Via Neatorama]





5 Responses to Han Solo’s Original DL-44 Blaster is Up For Sale

    • Yes because most of the weapons used in The Empire Strikes Back did fire, they fired blanks so there would be a kickback and smoke to accompany the animated blaster fire. Go watch the sequence in Empire where Lando, Leia and the rest are escaping Cloud City on the Falcon and you can clearly see this.

      This version of Han’s blaster is the “rubber dummy” one used by Han to toss around like when Vader used the force to snatch it from his hand. The other one is the modified Mauser pistol that still shoots blanks.