Old is Gold! The substance of the statement is well identified via all antiques that undergo auction. Lately, this has been proved by a 19th century chair and desk on which Charles Dickens wrote “Great Expectations.” Against the pre-estimate amount of auction i.e. between 50,000-80,000 pounds, the furniture piece was picked by a former Irish journalist at Christie’s auction house for 433,000 pounds ($850,000), almost five-times of the expected sales amount.
Calling it an imperative piece of legendary history, the proud owner of the desk and chair Tom Higgins (49) is all set to install this precious piece of furniture in his Wicklow, southeast Ireland home. The imprinted words on bronze plaque desk reads: “This desk was the property of Charles Dickens and was in use by him at Gadshill when he died….” The set hails from Dickens’s family before it was ultimately gifted to Great Ormond Street Hospital, so that it can generate money by selling it off.