Churchill book tops the lots

A collection of essays by Sir Winston Churchill topped the bidding at a Norfolk auction of items linked to the legendary wartime prime minister.

The 38 volumes of writings were sold for �3,300 at Keys saleroom in Aylsham as part of a two-day book sale.

A piece of Christmas cake dating back to 1945 along with a similar sealed tin containing wedding cake from the daughter of Churchill's successor Clement Attlee fetched �140.

Other notable prices were: �1,000 for a a signed copy of Churchill's book The Unrelenting Struggle including a 1941 permit to film in a committee room; �950 for a signed copy of his book The World Crisis 1911-18; and �820 for a signed photo of Churchill with a 10 Downing Street compliment slip.

Some items including a broken breakfast sugar bowl, and various cigars, failed to reach their reserve prices and did not sell.