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This eight-page manuscript estimated at $200,000-300,000 in the March 9 Bonhams sale is in Isaac Newton’s hand, is complete and gives detailed instructions on the scientific process to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance that could turn lesser materials into gold.

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In conjunction with his groundbreaking contributions to mathematics and science, Isaac Newton also explored the experimental possibilities of alchemy, or ‘chymistry’,

The eight-page manuscript estimated at $200,000-300,000 in the Bonhams sale is in Newton’s hand, is complete and gives detailed instructions on the scientific process to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance that could turn lesser materials into gold.

Bonhams says this manuscript represents “one of only a small number of Newton’s manuscripts that are in private hands, and is one of the longest and most substantial”.

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