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Charles Darwin first edition found on toilet bookshelf

A first edition of On the Origin of the Species has been found on a shelf in a guest bathroom 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.

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