It’s no lightsaber, but the DL-44 blaster Mark Hamill wielded in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back is up for auction. All you need now is a few hundred thousand dollars.
Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia is hosting the auction and bidding begins at $200,000. According to the item’s description, “This iconic hero gun is the same model used by Han Solo, a design based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol and custom made by casting the original prop used in the first Star Wars.”
The auction listing further states this 12-inch blaster was a gift from Hamill to the original owner during an episode of the BBC children’s TV show Jim’ll Fix It. The piece, a “lighter model used in the movie for non-firing scenes,” has never been fired and retains its original flash suppressor and scope, in addition to some wear.
While this piece is being sold, Hamill is working with California Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang to implement protections on memorabilia after warning fans against purchasing falsified autographs. Chang introduced a bill that seeks to make certificates of authenticity a mandate for any signed memorabillia sold in California.