Dickens' wine bottle fetches �1,250

Victoria LeggettAn empty wine bottle from Charles Dickens' cellar has sold for a staggering �1,250 at a north Norfolk auction.The ordinary looking brown bottle, sporting a couple of tatty labels, once contained some 19th-century Madeira and may have been enjoyed by the great Victorian author.Victoria Leggett

An empty wine bottle from Charles Dickens' cellar has sold for a staggering �1,250 at a north Norfolk auction.

The ordinary looking brown bottle, sporting a couple of tatty labels, once contained some 19th-century Madeira and may have been enjoyed by the great Victorian author.

This afternoon at Keys' auction house in Aylsham, two bidders competed against each other in a brief bidding war which was won by a private collector from Norfolk.

It is thought the buyer was a Dickens enthusiast who will keep the bottle rather than selling it on.

Read the full story in next week's North Norfolk News.