Posted on October 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A recent auction saw over $2 million worth of Charles Dickens-related items sold, according to Atlas Obscura.

Among the jewels: first editions of Great Expectations ($217,350) and A Christmas Carol ($116,438) ... and a notebook that held his household inventory ($14,641).

While the latter item might simply seem amusing, it holds a special distinction; it's one of the final things Dickens ever wrote.

Three days after recording of how much liquor (and what kinds) he had on hand in that particular notebook, in preparation for a visit from his daughters, the author died of a brain hemorrhage.

Atlas Obscura reports on what spirits — beyond Christmas Past, Present, and Future — Dickens appreciated and how he compares to the typical Victorian in a post about the auction.

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