Harrison Ford’s Han Solo Blaster started out as a simple prop, but it ignited one of the biggest debates in sci-fi history: Who shot first—Han or Greedo? That debate may go on for generations to come. What else might generations to come have to look forward to? Perhaps the blaster in question itself.
For the first time ever, the Han Solo prop blaster used in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is being offered in auction by Juliens Auctions. The prop comes with excellent providence. Four blasters were actually made for the film, one hero version and three “non-firing” versions. The blaster on sale is one of the three non-firing versions. After production on the film wrapped, the property manager, Peter Hancock, presented the blaster to the U.S. Art Director James L. Schoppe. Schoppe added the blaster to his massive collection and has kept it in archive for the past 35 years. The blaster will come with a letter of authenticity from Schoppe as well as production documents that further establish its provenance. This prop may not have been the one Han used in the cantina, but it was used in the Tatooine scenes with Jabba the Hutt, in the Great Pit of Carkoon, in exterior scenes on the Forest Moon of Endor, and other scenes.
Like its owner, this blaster comes with a pretty hefty bounty. It is expected to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000.