NEW YORK (WPIX)—Crazy dog lovers are unleashing their cash, and lots of it.
Dog lovers, art aficionados and their canine companions gathered in Midtown Manhattan Sunday to view a rare collection of dog memorabilia. The items will be auctioned off for Bonhams 28th annual dog art sale February 16.
Among the most gawked at possessions is a 19th century, leather and brass collar worn by Charles Dickens' dog. The leather and brass collar is inscribed with Dickens' name and carries an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Like many Victorians, the classic author was especially fond of dogs.
A toothpick belonging to the author went for $9,150 when it was auctioned off last December.
At the preview Sunday, a doggie brunch known as "Barkfest" will allow dogs to view the collection with their owners.