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08/06/06
Museum Splashes Out on Darwin Collection
- One million spent on world’s biggest treasury of work by the father of evolution

Copyright Natural History MuseumTHE NATURAL History Museum has splashed out on its most expensive ever acquisition with the purchase of a huge collection of Charles Darwin’s original works.

The Kohler Collection cost the South Kensington museum UKP1 million, the most it has spent in one go since it opened its doors 125 years ago.

Reputed to be the largest Darwin collection in the world, the Kohler collection features nearly 500 copies of The Origin of the Species and work from Darwin’s legendary Beagle expedition to the south Atlantic and Pacific, including Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle, bound in its original covering.

The Kohler collection itself was put together by antiquarians Chris and Michele Kohler.



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