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Charles Darwin: Autographed document expected to fetch record price

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

A piece of paper signed by Charles Darwin, defending his theory of evolution, goes on sale on Friday with Sotheby's in New York.

The item is likely to fetch more than £1m - a world-record price for a Darwin manuscript.

He'd produced the document so it could be copied in what, in 1865, was a celebrity magazine.

Darwin didn't make a habit of archiving his paperwork and so little original material survives.

If it does, and it's signed, it's almost always just with the abbreviated "C Darwin" or "Ch Darwin".

It's very rare to have his name, "Charles Darwin", written out in full and in his own hand.


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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

A piece of paper on which Charles Darwin laid out his definitive defence of the theory of evolution has sold for a record price at Sotheby's.

The manuscript, which is signed by the great scientist, went for $882,000 (£719,000) at the close of bidding.

Some commentators had thought the lot might go for even more, but the price still comfortably beats anything previously paid for Darwin material.


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