21 Aug 2008

James Cook's boomerang at London auction

1:47 pm on 21 August 2008

A boomerang collected by Captain James Cook on his first voyage to Australia could fetch more than 100,000 US dollars at auction next month.

The hand-carved boomerang is being put up for sale in London along with two wooden clubs, also believed to have belonged to Aborigines Cook met when he became the first European to land on Australia's east coast in 1770.

Measuring just under 56cm in length, the boomerang has no markings on it and comes from a collection of artefacts once owned by the English explorer's widow Elizabeth Cook.