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Luke Skywalker’s “Star Wars” blaster up for auction

The mystery surrounding Luke Skywalker in the latest "Star Wars" movie has been drawing crowds into movie theaters since opening late last year. But now there's a chance to buy a "very rare and desirable" part of the character's past: his blaster.

Luke Skywalker's DL-44 Blaster, featured in the 1980's epic "The Empire Strikes Back" is up for auction this week, starting with a minimum bid of $200,000.

Luke Skywalker's DL-44 blaster
Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders Auctions
Luke Skywalker's DL-44 blaster

Auctioned off by Nate D. Sanders Auctions this Thursday, the blaster is based on the design of the German Mauser C96 pistol, and is the same model used by Han Solo.

Overall, the prop gun is in good condition, however shows some signs of wear, including one glued section. The blaster prop is constructed from silver, brown and gray-colored fiberglass, and includes its original flash suppressor and scope.

With Luke Skywalker being one of "most beloved cinematic characters ever", the auction owner, Nate D. Sanders believes the Blaster gun would be "cherished" by collectors.

Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" saga, gave the gun away during an episode of "Jim'll Fix It," a BBC children's television show, and it was last auctioned by Sotheby's in 1998, according to the auction house.

Like several pieces of movie memorabilia, "Star Wars" collectables are always a hit at auction.

A Sotheby's auction in December garnered more than $500,000 after selling over 600 original action figures, toys and other collectibles from the Star Wars franchise, all of which came from Japanese designer, Nigo's private collection.

On top of that, Princess Leia's gold bikini from "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" sold for $96,000 in 2015.

By CNBC's Alexandra Gibbs, follow her @AlexGibbsy and @CNBCi