Han shot first, and the blaster is up for auction

Giuseppe Macri Tech Editor
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The blaster used by Harrison Ford’s character Han Solo in the original “Star Wars” trilogy is going up for auction online with a starting bid of $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,” the listing on invaluable.com states.

“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,” the listing said.

Han’s original blaster used in the first 1977 Star Wars film has been lost, but the one used in the sequels was made from a resin cast of the original, and even includes the same serial number.

The auction is scheduled for Dec. 21 and lists a suggested range of $200,000 to $300,000, similar to what The Guardian reported for the sale of Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) blue lightsaber from the first two films at $240,000 in 2008.

Though the original remains lost, its legacy is secure – Han shot first.

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