25 Jan 2013

Pistol owned by Captain Cook to be auctioned

8:03 am on 25 January 2013

A pistol owned by Captain James Cook is to be auctioned in Melbourne.

Leski Auctions on Thursday announced it would offer his Continental Flintlock holster pistol for auction next month.

Charles Leski said the early 18th century pistol is expected to fetch between $A100,000 - $A200,000.

The lock of the pistol, which has a barrel 31cm long, is signed "Corbau-A-Maastricht", a reference to Godefroi Corbau Le Jeune, a Dutch gun maker.

AAP reports it's not the first time the pistol has been up for auction.

Mr Leski said former Melbourne Lord Mayor Ron Walker bought it in 2003 from Cook's descendants at an auction in Edinburgh, Scotland. He said it had been bequeathed to the family by the explorer and remained in their possession for more than two centuries.