Winston Churchill’s Partly-Smoked Cigar Auctioned


Posted on: October 7, 2019

Posted by: BBC News (no author noted in article)


A cigar, partly smoked by Winston Churchill and “picked up and treasured” by an usherette, is to be sold.

Violet King saw then prime minister drop the cigar at the London Coliseum in January 1953, her great nephew Julian Lewis said.

Ms King wrote to Churchill asking if she could “tell her friends she had his cigar” and kept a letter from Downing Street giving his consent.

Auctioneers Hansons said the item could fetch £6,000 in the December sale.

Hansons said the cigar’s “rock solid provenance” and good condition had boosted the guide price.


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