Charles Dickens might have written several classics and might be more widely read than most other English authors, but when it comes to memorabilia, his pet seems to have beaten the author to the punch. It is not so much a previous work of the author or even his signed cheque, but the collar of his pet dog that roped in the biggest sum at a recent auction. Dating from the 19th century, the leather and brass dog collar fetched $11,590 at Bonhams in New York.
This one-of-a-kind collar is inscribed with Dickens’ name, estate and town and once the final hammer came down, fetched a sum that is more than thrice the estimated price. (Though we still fail to understand how the so called experts put estimation on stuff such as antique collars and celebrity hair strands!) Other Dickens items to fetch in plenty of green were his Ivory toothpick that went for $9,150, three strands of hair for $ 2,890 and a cheque signed by the author for £21 for $3,710.
Apparently collecting celebrity hair is a big thing these days with Elvis Presley hair strand fetching $1,750… Okay, so we are all for opening a celebrity hair saloon. Seems like a great investment for the future!