Jet, a flatcoated retriever was named Best in Show at Crufts in Birmingham last night. The Edinburgh-based nine-year-old took the top prize from Reserve Best Jilly, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, in the 120th running of the prestigious event.
Every one of the 21,000 beasts who entered the event is a prized possession. Here we look at our top five canine collectibles that can be enjoyed by dog lovers and collectors alike without getting hair on the sofa.
Jamie Wyeth dog portrait
Earlier this year a 1984 Jamie Wyeth portrait of his wife's dog Kleberg made $218,000 at a Christie's auction in New York, more than five times its estimate. The unimpressed looking Labrador is depicted with a black circle around its left eye.
Charles Dickens' dog collar
In 2010 a collar worn by one of Charles Dickens' dogs, inscribed with the author's name and address, sold for $11,590 at a Bonhams New York event. Its wearer is unknown although the size of the collar suggests an animal of larger than average stature.
Edward Lear's tiny dog portrait
A letter written by nonsense poet Edward Lear containing a tiny portrait of the recipient's dog is set to go to auction at Bonhams later this month. It has a top end estimate of £3,000.
Pointer and Setter on point by Edmund H Osthaus
Pointer and Setter on point, an artwork by American Edmund H Osthaus, sold for $36,600 earlier this year at Bonhams in New York. Osthaus, who was active around the turn of the last century, is one of the most loved canine colourists.
Tiffany & Co silver presentation bowl made in sterling silver by Tiffany & Co
A 1979 Westminster Kennel Club silver presentation bowl made in sterling silver by Tiffany & Co sold for $6,222 in February 2011. The bowl is engraved with 'Westminster Kennel Club' over a finely engraved Pointer, under which 'Sensation Best in Show 1979' has been inscribed.
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