A shot at history Right aim … Captain Cook's pistol and a replica of his ship, HM Bark Endeavour. Photo: Wolter Peeters The pistol used by Ned Kelly's younger brother Dan, who died during the Glenrowan siege, was sold for $122,000 in November last year. While the jury is still out on Ned's status as hero or villain, anything connected with him and the bushranger period is valued highly by collectors. The same is likely to happen with Captain Cook's pistol, to be sold by Leski on Thursday. Judging by the interest already shown, Leski expects that 2012 record to be broken on Thursday evening. Advertisement The gun is described as an early 18th-century Continental Flintlock holster pistol, 50 centimetres long, with the lock signed Corbeau-A-Maastricht, but it is the Captain Cook connection that gives it its value. When and where the weapon was used is not recorded, but it is known that it was passed on to Cook's elder sister Margaret, thence to her direct descendants, starting with her son James Fleck.
Watch Free Documentaries Online | Documentary Heaven HowStuffWorks "Learn how Everything Works!" Captain Cook's Pistol Locked and Loaded Captain Cook's pistol, which has been sold. A rare piece of Australian history has gone under the hammer, netting a small but tidy profit for its seller. A pistol belonging to Captain James Cook, handed down through the family for many generations, was sold at auction in Melbourne on Thursday, for almost $220,000. Formula 1 chairman Ron Walker put the 50 centimetre weapon, made in the early 18th century, up for sale after buying it in 2003 at a Cook family auction in Scotland. A spokeswoman for auctioneers Leski Auctions said that the pistol sold for well above its reserve price of $75,000, to a private Victorian buyer. Advertisement Including buyer's commission, the pistol sold for $219,600. How the weapon was used is not known, but Captain Cook bequeathed it to his elder sister Margaret. Mr Walker told Fairfax Media this week that he hoped the buyer would be a museum or a collector.
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