| This prop machine gun was used by the “Eternal Mother” character portrayed by Lady Gaga in the 2011 video for her song “Born This Way”. The non-firing prop machine gun is a Chinese made replica of the live firing M249 Squad Automatic (SAW) machine gun used in the video. The prop weapon is constructed of metal and measures approx. 42” long and weighs approx. 15 lbs. Also included in the sale of this item is a section of the ammunition belt containing unfired blank rounds that was used onscreen with the blank firing gun during filming.
Lady Gaga used this gun prominently in several key scenes of the video for her song “Born This Way”. During the “Birth of Evil” sequence, the “Eternal Mother” character appears to give birth to this weapon before shooting multiple rounds from a blank firing version of the gun, and also appears holding it in close up just before the song commences.
“Born This Way” was the title track of off Lady Gaga’s second studio album and became her third number-one hit in the United States. The song debuted on Feb. 11, and after just three days of release, broke iTunes sales records and became the 1,000th song to top the Billboard singles chart. The song charted within the top five in more than twenty-three countries and became number one in fourteen of them. The song was equally well received by critics and drawn favorable comparisons to Madonna’s classic dance anthem “Express Yourself”. The video was released on February 28, 2011 and within a single day became one of the “Most Viewed” and “Most Discussed” videos in numerous countries as reported by YouTube, and has been viewed over 26 million times as of this writing. This iconic centerpiece from the video is a rare historical artifact from the career of the controversial singer whom Elton John has referred to as “the most adventurous and talented star of our age.”
The prop weapon is in very good screen used condition and has traces of the faux alien “afterbirth” solution that it was coated in during its use on the video. This item is accompanied by signed certification from the weapons supplier who provided and oversaw its use on the production.
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YouTube Link to "Born This Way" video