Churchill’s 1954 cigar for sale at Aylsham auction house

PUBLISHED: 13:43 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 19:26 25 March 2014

The Churchill cigar in the grip of Sarah Prior at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers at Aylsham

The Churchill cigar in the grip of Sarah Prior at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers at Aylsham


A part-smoked cigar discarded by statesman Sir Winston Churchill - and some doodles of him enjoying it done by a fellow luncheon guest - are going under the hammer at a Norfolk auction house.

The prime minister puffed away at the Panama during a luncheon at London’s Mansion House to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip home from a Commonwealth tour.

Fellow guest Sir John Elliott, head of the nation’s railways sketched the premier on a menu and snatched up the cigar after the event. His family has now decided to sell the items, also well as other wartime and royal memorabilia including a Coronation invitation and Home Guard service certificate.

The lot is valued at £500-£600 - but a similar price was put on a Churchill cigar throw away in 2010 which sold for a staggering £4,500.

The same year a spare set of the leader’s dentures were bought for £15,200 and a butter dish used as an ashtray by Churchill at his dining and debating club was sold at Keys for £4,200, almost three times its estimate.

In 2012 a pair of Churchill’s ear plugs, used for afternoon power naps, sold for £1,650, and in 2011 a slice of his wartime Christmas cake made £140.

Sarah Prior, of Keys auction house in Aylsham, said the latest item was likely to generate a great deal of interest from private collectors - and there was no telling what the knock down price would be if buyers were keen.

“Churchill was one of the most iconic statements and there is unwavering market for items linked to him,” she added.

It is lot 1072 during a two-day book sale at Keys on Thursday and Friday. More information at

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