Strange are the ways and desires of the rich! It is quite a well-known fact that charles dickens was a great author and had a loyal fan following. But how loyal is too loyal? One anonymous bidder successfully bid a whopping $9,150 for an ivory and gold toothpick, which Charles Dickens owned during his last visit to America, right up to his death in 1870. It was estimated to fetch no more than $5,000 in the first place!
A letter by his sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth is also attached with the toothpick to verify its authenticity. This particular toothpick has a retracting mechanism and was previously in possession of the heirs of Barnes & Noble, the U.S. book retail giant.