Kelly Harris, of Christchurch, is selling the family heirloom on Trade Me. It once belonged to his great-great-grandfather’s brother, Corporal William Henry Pimm.
Pimm served as one of Kitchener’s troopers in the Boer War and served in France in World War I.
Harris said the story of how the bullet had become lodged in the bible had been passed down through the generations of his family, along with the bible.
“The story goes that he was praying with his bible before battle. From what we can understand, he was closing it as the stray bullet went in,” he said.
Harris said Pimm’s good fortune did not last as he died from wounds received in battle 48 hours after his bible was hit.
He started the bidding at a figure representing about $1000 for every year since the bullet was fired in 1916.