Dickens’ toothpick sold for thousands

A toothpick once belonging to Charles Dickens has sold for 9,150 dollars at an auction in New York.

The ivory and gold pick was offered by heirs to the Barnes and Noble family and was up for sale at Bonhams New York.

The anonymous buyer spent twice the top estimate for the toothpick, which is engraved with the author’s initials and also has a retracting mechanism.

A letter written by his sister-in-law stated that the writer of A Christmas Carol, among others, used the toothpick while travelling on his last visit to America.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk