Some lucky collectors have made off with some wonderful Dickens memorabilia lately, including autographed books and personal letters. My favorite item that recently went up for auction: a copy of The Pickwick Papers inscribed by Dickens to Hans Christian Andersen. Why that one didn't sell, I can't imagine; I'd SO much rather have that than an unsigned Bleak House, even if the latter was the original serialized version.
And then there was the collector who spent $9150 on Dickens's . . . retractable toothpick. Seriously. His toothpick. Look, I love the man, but there are limits. Although if there were any hope of retrieving a bit of DNA from it, and hiring someone with expertise in cloning . . .