Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' desk fetches 433,250

London, June 5 (ANI): A desk and chair used by noted author Charles Dickens while writing his book 'Great Expectations' has fetched 433,250 pounds at a charity auction in London.

The desk made of mahogany wood bears a bronze plaque, which carries the name of its famous owner.

The desk along with a walnut chair was passed down to the author's great-great-grandson Christopher Charles Dickens.

After the death of Christopher, his wife Jeanne-Marie, Countess Wenckheim, donated both the items.

"Charles Dickens was a champion of the poor and needy and an enthusiastic patron of Great Ormond Street Hospital in its early days," BBC quoted countess, as saying.

"I felt that it was Charles's wish and it is an honour for me to fulfil this wish," she added.

The buyer, Irish collector and former journalist Tom Higgins, said the items would be given pride of place in his home in Wicklow.

"I'm a big Dickens fan, I always have been. It's an important piece of literary history," said Higgis.

The proceedings from the items will go to London's Great Ormond Street children's hospital. (ANI)

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