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PICTURED: Kate Winslet on the beach between takes. - Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan filming Ammonite on the beach at Charmouth in Dorset about the life of fossil hunter Mary Anning. The house sits 500ft above the beach, which was used as a filming location last year for Ammonite, the yet to be released film starring Kate Winslet as palaeontologist Mary Anning.
An unseen letter by palaeontologist Mary Anning will not be returning to her Dorset home 191 years later despite a last-minute desperate crowdfunding appeal.
Lyme Regis Museum, which is built on the site of Anning's former family home, and the Jurassic Coast Trust teamed up in a bid to buy a letter she wrote in 1829.
The three-page document went up for auction at Sotheby's today (Tues), with an estimate of £8-12,000 but eventually sold for a whopping £100,800 including fees and premiums.
It was the first time a letter written by "the greatest fossilist the world ever knew" had gone up for auction.
Supporters of the two charities answered a rallying cry to raise £18,000 in just 24 hours with more than 600 people donating £21,000.
But it was not enough to bring the letter back to the place where Anning made all her great discoveries on the Dorset coast.