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Dickens' desk and chair to benefit children

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As a child my favourite Dickens was A Tale of Two Cities. As an adult my favourite is probably Great Expectations because I'm very fond of Pip. Today the chair and table that Dickens sat in while writing those novels have been auctioned. The money will go for the benefit of children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

After fierce bidding, the desk and chair belonging to Charles Dickens were sold for just over £433,000 ($850,000) to a former Irish journalist.

Like others of his generation, and later JM Barrie, Dickens "was a keen supporter of the London children's hospital, and spoke at its first fundraising event in 1858".

Dickens would be pleased as long as the money is spent wisely, and on behalf of children. Lucky Irishman.

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