Charles Dickens’ dog collar fetches $11.5k

Your favourite author was not the star, but his dog, rather his dog’s collar was, at an auction that just went by. An inscribed collar once worn by Charles Dickens’ dogs got auctioned on Tuesday, and raked in dollars to the tune of $11,590. The dog collar is incidentally not the only unusual piece owned by Dickens that went under the hammer recently.

The auction happened at Bonhams in New York. Call that an entirely different way to remember one of English language’s greatest writers! The 23 inches long and one and half inches wide collar was interestingly expected to fetch only between $4,000 and $6,000. Its final auction price was obviously a bonus!

Why is a dog collar of all things, so special? This collar, is inscribed with Dickens’ name, estate and town on it.
The collar’s origin has no doubt associated with it, but mystery surrounds about which of Dickens’ dogs actually wore it. Going by its size though, it is thought to have belonged to one of his Newfoundlands, or a St Bernard. A collectible as little as a historic ivory toothpick once owned by Dickens went to a collector last year, for $9,150.

Besides, three strands from the author’s head are on the market and available to collectors, priced £1,750, which is, $2,890.
Another unusual example of Charles Dickens memorabilia is a cheque signed by the author for £21, not an insignificant sum in 1861, valued at £2,250 which translates to $3,710.

Via: LuxuryHub / Paul Fraser Collectibles

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