Captain Cook's pistol on auction block

Last updated 20:47 26/01/2013

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A pistol owned by British explorer Captain James Cook will go on the auction block next month in Melbourne.

The brass pistol, an early 18th century Continental Flintlock holster pistol with a 13-bore barrel made by Dutch gunmaker Godefroi Corbau Le Jeune, is expected to fetch between A$100,000 to $200,000 at the February 14 sale.

One of a rare handful of personal effects remaining from the explorer, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, the gun - handed down through generations of Cook's family - is a symbol of his relationship to the vast continent, said auctioneer Leski Auctions.

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