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Pictured: A just giving page was raised to keep the letter in Dorset. <br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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It was the first time a letter written by "the greatest fossilist the world ever knew" had gone up for auction.<br />
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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.<br />
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But it was not enough to bring the letter back to the place where Anning made all her great discoveries on the Dorset coast.