About that Dickens letter that was going up for auction -- it turns out to be a forgery! Herb reports in the Buzfuz e-newsletter:
"A minute or two after the Buzfuz was sent out, I got an e-mail from Michael Patrick Hearn in New York City saying the letter looked like a forgery.
"Before the day was over, Michael Slater in London wrote to say it was 'a pretty crude forgery.'
"And Dan Calinescu in Toronto found the time to do some excellent detective work, which, in the end, stopped the auction."
Who actually did the forgery is not yet apparent. This looks like a case for Inspector Bucket!