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Charles Darwin's "On The Origin Of Species" First Edition Sold For Over $170,000

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:45 PM ET

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UPDATE: The rare first-edition copy of "On The Origin Of Species" found last week in an English bathroom was sold at Christie's in London on Wednesday for over $170,000, according to Artdaily.org.

LONDON — (Associated Press) 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 Origin of Species" 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.

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On the Net:

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

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