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An extremely rare first edition of Charles Darwin's seminal book Origin of the Species which was found in a pile of books destined for a charity shop has sold for almost £50,000.
The early copy of the historic 1859 volume outlining the theory of evolution was spotted by an auctioneer while working his way through several hundred books during a routine house call in Carlisle, Cumbria.
The 'delighted' vendor, an elderly lady, had no idea she owned one of the 1,250 copies produced during its limited first print run.
The book had been tucked away in a tin truck she inherited from her grandfather in the 1970s which had been left undisturbed and gathering dust in her loft for over 40 years.