Hans Solo's blaster set to fetch 'half a million' at auction

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The prop firearm from the original Star Wars is expected to fetch up to $500,000 at auction.

The gun, which had been missing and was presumed lost, was designed to give the captain of the Millennium Falcon a wild west gunslinger feel.

The item is the sole surviving blaster prop of the three used for filming the original Star Wars trilogy.

It was modeled on the German-made Mauser C96, one of the first and most recognisable semi-automatic handguns ever made.

Star Wars Hollywood memorabilia is highly desirable among collectors.

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