If someone offered me the chance either to be wealthy or to be Han Solo, I would take a few minutes to give the decision some heavy consideration. And then I would have to stop writing because my money stacks had temporarily blocked out the sun. And if I had the money, I could blow a large chunk of it just to look like Han Solo. In a certain light. From a certain angle. If you’re drunk. One thing that would help sell the illusion? If I had Han’s sidearm strapped to my hip. His iconic blaster is going up for public auction on December 21 at a Hollywood Auction by Profiles in History, and the presumably one-of-a-kind weapon is expected to bring in $200,000 – $300,000. But for those not willing to spend that much, the same auction will also have a stunt version of Rick Deckard’s blaster from Blade Runner that shouldn’t cost nearly as much.
Commissioned from a private Star Wars collector, the Solo blaster was an on-camera prop for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and is thought to be the only one of its kind that exists, as the one used in the original film doesn’t seem to exist anymore. This version was custom molded using the casting of the original version and even bears the same serial number.
It does mention the ridiculously depressing detail that it’s a “non-firing” prop. That sounds about as enticing as a box of cereal that doesn’t open, but I guess you can’t always get what you want. My pyoo-pyoo noise needs some practice anyway. You’ll see this prop in most of Han’s scenes in the film when he isn’t firing, and the live-fire version was used in close-up scenes. I can’t imagine someone would lie and say the firing version doesn’t exist. I bet whoever owns it is playing with it right now. Take a look at the gun in (sadly) non-action below.
The Deckard blaster comes courtesy of Blade Runner production designer Lawrence G. Paull, who says it’s a stunt gun that was used in all of the night stunts that Harrison Ford filmed. It has been in his possession since the film wrapped 30 years ago. This gun is expected to go for $6,000 – $8,000 at the auction, which seems like more of a bargain. Especially since I’ve got this terrible replicant problem in my attic. Feast your eyes on this scuffed-up weapon below and let us know in the comments which of these you’d rather have in your collection.