25 Nov 2009

Darwin book found in loo fetches top price

9:28 pm on 25 November 2009

A first edition of Charles Darwin's seminal book On the Origin of Species, which was found in a found in a family's toilet in southern Britain, has been sold for more than £100,000.

The rare book sold at auction for £103,250 ($NZ222,000) - well above what had been predicted.

Christie's auction house says the book was bought by a family for just a few shillings in a shop about 40 years ago.

It says the family had since kept the work on a bookcase in the guest lavatory at their home in the Oxford area.

About 1,250 copies of the book were produced in the first print run.

The auction was timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the publication.