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Decorated whale’s tooth from HMS Beagle up for auction

A whale’s tooth decorated by a marine on the HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s expedition is set to fetch over $80,000 at auction.

The scrimshaw, a piece of work created by a whaler, depicts two images of HM Sloop Beagle, one when she was at sea and the other when she was beached for repair at Santa Cruz in Argentina in 1834.

The seven-inch long tooth was decorated by James Adolphus Bute, a marine on the voyage that famously stopped at the Galapagos Islands.

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