Darwin book found on toilet bookshelf = $99,000

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.

Finding such a work in England is no surprise, of course – nor is the value.

It just occurred to me that a couple hundred years from now people will be turning up antique copies of “Going Rogue” found in some Bible Belt crapper. Do you think it will be worth more than toilet paper?

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