An 18th Century hip flask which once belonged to Robert Burns has sold for about 10-times its estimated price at Bonham’s auction in Edinburgh.
It had been forecast to fetch between £600 and £800 but instead it fell under the hammer for £7,200.
The flask is believed to have been left by Burns at Hunthill House, near Jedburgh, in the Borders in the 1770s.
Bonhams said the price “surprised everyone”.
Well, I’m not sure which planet Bonhams live on, but it was no surprise to me. The £600/£800 estimate was ludicrous. See posting of 16/8/7 where I predicted that it would make much more.