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Last Updated: Friday, 24 August 2007, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
Bard's hip flask fetches 7,200
Robert Burns hip flask
The hip flask sold for about 10-times its forecast price
An 18th Century hip flask which once belonged to Robert Burns has sold for about 10-times its expected price at auction in Edinburgh.

It had been forecast to fetch between 600 and 800 but instead went 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.

Auctioneers Bonhams said the price achieved by the hip flask had "surprised everyone".

Burns spent time touring the area in the 1770s and during his visit he often stayed in Hunthill House.

He is believed to have left this flask at Hunthill after one of his stays and subsequent generations of the family decided to hold on to it for sentimental reasons.

The item was recently acquired from the Rutherford family when they sold the property.

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