Darwin's Beagle voyage chronometer realises 49% increase on high estimate

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2015-06-26 13:47:46

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Darwin's Beagle voyage chronometer realises 49% increase on high estimate

A chronometer used in Darwin's voyage on the Beagle sold for $127,500 at Bonhams

A marine chronometer designed by William Edward Frodsham and used in Darwin's first voyage on the Beagle, has sold for 74,500 ($127,551) at Bonhams London.

The piece crossed the block in a sale of Fine Clocks on July 9, achieving an increase of 49% on a 50,000 ($85,605) estimate.

Frodsham chronometer 2The chronometer was a highly accurate timepiece used to navigate while at sea

The Beagle leftPlymouth, UK in 1831, returning five years later having travelled widely across the southern hemisphere.

It was on this voyage that Darwin (1809-1882) began to formulate his theory of evolution, which would have an incendiary effect on the sciences when it was published in 1859.

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