The DL-44 blaster, Han Solo’s iconic firearm and a renowned weapon in cinematic history, has secured the title for the “Most Expensive Prop Gun Sold at Auction.” Fetching a price of $1,057,500, the prop utilized during the filming of A New Hope was recently highlighted in the Guinness World Records 2024 book, as reported by Fox Business (via Jedi News).
Although the prop was auctioned in 2022, its exceptional value is attributed in part to its mysterious disappearance. During the production of the original film in 1976, three copies of the prop were created. However, after the filming concluded, all three vanished. Subsequent replicas were crafted for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The blaster sold at the 2022 auction is purported to be the sole surviving copy from A New Hope. For a detailed exploration of the iconic weapon’s history and discovery, you can watch the video below from the Rock Island Auction Company.
Crafted by the London props house Bapty & Co., the original prop guns were fashioned using a Mauser C98 German pistol as the base for Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster. This distinctive piece is adorned with components sourced from a World War II machine gun, a 19th-century hunting rifle, and a model aircraft kit.
The DL-44 blaster has joined the ranks of iconic Star Wars artifacts making headlines in auctions. Recently, a lost X-Wing model from a new hope went up for auction and sold for $3.1 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the X-Wing model also “set the record for the most expensive Star Wars screen-used prop sold at auction.” Last month, Anthony Daniels auctioned his personal Star Wars memorabilia, featuring an original C-3PO helmet used during the filming of A New Hope, which sold for just under 700,000 pounds.
Source: Star Wars News Net