A rare autograph from a famous naturalist is found in this manuscript Charles Darwin could Be sold for More than $1 million after bidding begAn at an auction Friday in New York
The document This was in response to Hermann Kindt (editor of the Autographic Mirror—a type of celebrity magazine of its day—who had requested a sample of Darwin’s handwriting to reprint in his publication.
It’s listed at an estimated cost of $600,000.- $800,000. However, the BBC reported that it could fetch more than $800,000. million pounds ($1.2 million(by the time bidding closes Dec. 9. Even the lowest estimation could set a world record.record Price for A Darwin manuscript.
Online bidding for The document It was officially opened on Friday. The item will be sold as part a larger sale. auction that also includes a first edition of the British scientist’s groundbreaking book On the Origin of SpeciesThis is the expected outcome. sell for Maximum of $400,000.
Description of the signed manuscript “extremely rare,” auction house Sotheby’s—which is selling the item in New York—said the document contained a passage from Darwin’s revolutionary text and was “the most significant autograph manuscript by Darwin to ever appear at auction.”
Darwin was well-known for obsessively revising his publications. He often discarded pages from working drafts and made autographed manuscripts rare. Also, he often signed documents with abbreviated forms of his name such as Ch, Ch. Darwin or C. Darwin. His full signature also adds value to the manuscript.
The correspondence dates back to 1865, four-years after the publication in the third edition. Origin of Species—which Sotheby’s said makes the document It is even more important because “encapsulates Darwin’s complete thinking on the subject [of evolution]” Includes “assertions that only appeared in the third, revised edition” The text.
“I have now recapitulated the chief facts and considerations which have thoroughly convinced me that species have been modified, during a long course of descent, by the preservation or the natural selection of many successive slight favorable variations,” Darwin wrote in the manuscript for Autographic Mirror.
“I cannot believe that a false theory would explain, as it seems to me that the theory of natural selection does explain, the several large classes of facts above specified. It is no valid objection that science as yet throws no light on the far higher problem of the essence or origin of life.”
He also added: “Who can explain what is the essence of attraction of gravity? No one now objects to following out the results consequent on this unknown element of attraction.”
Darwin’s works on evolutionary theory, while widely accepted and revered Since their publication, they have been a source of contention in the scientific community as well as elsewhere. still rejected by some to this day They are in direct contradiction to creationism
“Charles Darwin’s revolutionary text On the Origin of Species succeeded in creating a Book of Genesis for the modern age and it would be difficult to overstate the seismic impact it had not only on 19th century science and culture but also on subsequent thinkers and generations,” Richard Austin, Global Head of Books & Manuscripts at Sotheby’s, said in a statement. “We are proud to offer the most significant autograph manuscript by Darwin to come to auction.”
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