Darwin book sells for £450

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A MYSTERY Capital woman has forked out £450 for a rare edition of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species which was handed in to a charity shop.

The 1892 version was dumped in a dusty cardboard box outside a Cancer Research UK shop in Aberdeen.

The woman, who bought it as a gift for her scientist husband, asked the charity’s Morningside branch for help after hearing of the donation.

Samantha Campanella, manager of the city shop, said: “When the lady saw the book in the paper, she was so worried as she could not get up to Aberdeen as it was so far away.

“But when I said we could get it sent down, you should have seen her face.”