A “non-firing blaster” used by Harrison Ford in his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is going under the hammer later this month and is expected to fetch in the region of $200 000 to $300 000 (R2mil – R3mil). The blaster forms part of a collection of props from movies starring Ford going on auction including items from Blade Runner and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. According to the auction listing, the blaster is “exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use,” meaning that it could still possess enough DNA for us to clone a Han Solo of our very own (we wonder if he would shoot first?).
The company that is tasked with handling the auction, Profiles in History, has stated that this is the only surviving Han Solo blaster prop outside of Lucasfilm’s collection after the blaster used in Star Wars: A New Hope was believed to have been destroyed during filming. So if you have a quarter of a million dollars lying around (or just 220 or so Bitcoins) and you fancy owning a piece of prized geek movie memorabilia then this is your chance.