Charles Dickens' dog collar fetches $11.5k



2015-06-26 11:52:47

Charles Dickens' dog collar fetches $11.5k

Forget about the A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist author - his dog was the star at this auction...

Here's an unusual way to remember one of the English language's greatest authors: an inscribedcollar onceworn by one ofCharles Dickens' dogs auctioned on Tuesday.

Dating from the 19th century, the leather and brass dog collar realised $11,590 at Bonhams in New York.

Remarkably, the final hammer price of the collar - measuring 23 inches long and 1 inches wide - was almost twiceits$4,000-6,000 estimate.

 Dickens' 19th century leather and brass collar realised $11,590

The one-of-a-kind collar is inscribed with Dickens' name, estate and town.

While the collar's provenance is assured, mystery surrounds which of Dickens' dogs wore it - although its size suggests it was likely to have been one of his Newfoundlands, ora St Bernard.

Unlikely as it sounds, the dog collar isn't the most unusual piece of memorabilia attached to the A Christmas Carol author to go under the hammer in recent months...

A historicivory toothpick once owned by Dickens sold to a lucky collector last year, for $9,150.

What's more, three strands of hair from the author's head are on the market and available to collectors, priced 1,750 ($2,890).

Believe it or not, collectible hair is big business. For instance,a single strand of hair from the head of Elvis Presley sold for 1,055 ($1,750) against an estimate of just 250 ($420).

Elsewhere,a less unusual example of Charles Dickens memorabilia available on the market is a cheque signed by the authorfor 21, not an insignificant sum in 1861, valued at 2,250 ($3,710).

Image: Bonhams

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