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Charles Dickens’ toothpick fetches $9,000 at auction

A toothpick which picked the food from between Charles Dickens’ teeth has been sold at auction for over $9,000.

An ivory and gold toothpick once owned by Charles Dickens today sold at a U.S. auction for nearly £7,000.

The item was used by the legendary English author ‘on his last visit to America’ and up to his death in 1870, according to a letter by his sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth.

The toothpick, which is engraved with the Victorian writer’s initials and has a retracting mechanism, was put up for sale by the heirs to the U.S. book retail giant Barnes & Noble.

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