Rare Charles Darwin book found on toilet bookshelf

Nov 22, 2009
FILE - In this undated file photo, British scientist Charles Robert Darwin, founder of the theory for the evolution of life is seen at an unknown location. An auction house said Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 it is selling a rare first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" found in a family's guest lavatory in southern England. (AP Photo, File)

(AP) -- An auction house says it is selling a rare first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" found in a family's guest lavatory in southern England.

Christie's auction house said Sunday the book - one of around 1,250 copies first printed in 1859 - had been on a toilet bookshelf at a family's home in Oxford.

The book will be auctioned on Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of the publication of the famous work. Christie's said the book is likely to sell for 60,000 pounds ($99,000).

Darwin's "The " outlined his theory of natural selection, the foundation for the modern understanding of evolution.

Celebrations around the world this year have marked the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth.

On the Net: Darwin's Collected Works: http://darwin-online.org.uk/

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Bob_Kob
not rated yet Nov 22, 2009
The book was untouched in a toilet for 150 years?!
iknow
not rated yet Nov 23, 2009
Says more about the state of English toilets and how often they are decorated.