Posted on: 12 December 2019
By: BBC News
A cigar dropped by Winston Churchill at the London Coliseum in 1953 and then picked up and kept by an usherette has sold for £4,800.
Violet King wrote to the then prime minister to ask if she could “tell her friends she had his cigar” and kept his reply giving his consent.
Her relatives took the partly smoked cigar to a valuation event in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Auctioneers Hansons said it was an “incredible find”.
The cigar’s “rock solid provenance” and good condition had boosted the guide price, it said.
“On the day the country goes to the polls, it’s a privilege to sell an item which belonged to a man who was Britain’s prime minister not once but twice,” a spokesman said.
“The fact that someone was prepared to pay such a high price for a cigar he dropped on the floor, shows the esteem he is still held in decades after he led our country.”