It took ‘more wealth than you can imagine’ to buy the blaster used by Han Solo in ‘Return of the Jedi’, as the prop sells at auction.
Las Vegas // The Planet Hollywood casino resort played host to the Hollywood Legends auction over the weekend. The event showcased over 500 rare items of Hollywood and movie history.
Lots included a costume worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman III, which sold for $200,000, and a 1949 Triumph Trophy TR500 motorcycle ridden by The Fonz (Henry Winkler) in ‘Happy Days’, which earned $179,200.
The Triumph motorcycle ridden by The Fonz in ‘Happy Days’
A prototype costume made for Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) for the film ‘Star Trek: Generations’ went unsold. Though a typo on the auction website (Star Trek listed as ‘Dtar Trek’ in the site’s filter) may have contributed to this.
Han Solo’s Blaster From ‘Return of the Jedi’
At the other end of the galaxy, the star of the show turned out to be Han Solo’s blaster from ‘Return of the Jedi’ which was listed with a guide price between $300,000 and $500,000, but went on to fetch $550,000.
“An original production used “BlasTech DL-44” blaster prop used by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Return of the Jedi (Lucasfilm, 1983). The prop is custom made, built on a metal working non-firing model version of the German Mauser C96 (“Broomhandle Mauser”) from MGC (Model Gun Corporation) of Japan with additional found parts, greblies and cast resin pieces added on, creating one of the most iconic sci-fi weapons in the history of film.”
The blaster was sold by James L. Schoppe who worked as the U.S. art director on the film. Schoppe also contributed an Imperial Scout Trooper blaster from the same film.