Charles Dickens' toothpick sold for $9,150

An unusual piece of Charles John Huffam Dickens or Charles Dickens memorabilia was auctioned in New York City, an ivory and gold toothpick. It has sold at a New York City auction for $9,150.

This hygiene tool was being offered by heirs to the Barnes&Noble family and was up for sale Tuesday at Bonhams New York. The pre-sale estimate was $3,000 to $5,000. The auction house says the buyer did not want to be identified.

The toothpick is engraved with the author's initials and has a retracting mechanism.

An authentication letter from sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth says the British writer used the toothpick "when travelling and on his last visit to America."

The author, also known by the pen-name of 'Boz', created some of the most memorable fictional characters of all time. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time.

His novels include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and so on. Dickens died in 1870.

Via - MSNBC News



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