Churchill's cigar sells for £4,500
Published 30/01/2010 | 03:23
A cigar which Sir Winston Churchill left unfinished in 1941 has fetched £4,500 at a sale.
Auctioneers Keys, of Aylsham, Norfolk, said Sir Winston abandoned the stub to attend a cabinet meeting.
It was picked up by a Downing Street valet who sent it to a friend with a note jotted on Number 10 writing paper, said auction staff.
The friend kept the souvenir until his death then the cigar passed to a relative.
Keys said the stub - nearly four inches long - was bought by a private collector at the sale.
A spokeswoman said the cigar was expected to fetch around £350.
In November, a butter dish used as an ashtray by Sir Winston fetched £4,200.