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Winston Churchill cigar butt for auction

By Claire Hayhurst

Published 05/06/2015

The chewed end of a fat cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed could fetch up to £1,000 at auction.

Churchill, then aged 87, smoked it at Middlesex Hospital in 1962 while recuperating from a fractured hip after falling out of bed.

A student nurse collected it for her younger brother and saved it in a paper bag.

The cigar, which has remained in the bag ever since, will go under the hammer at Duke's of Dorchester on October 15.

Timothy Medhurst, auctioneer at Duke's, said: "Churchill had already experienced many injuries and to have such a devastating injury occur at such an old age was a threat to his stalwart 'British bulldog' image."

He died at the age of 90 in January 1965.

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