30 Jan 2010

Churchill cigar sells at UK auction

12:51 pm on 30 January 2010

A half-smoked cigar, abandoned when Sir Winston Churchill headed to an urgent meeting of his Cabinet during WWII, has sold at auction for Stg 4,500.

The cigar, embossed with the owner's name, was picked up as a souvenir by a member of the prime minister's domestic staff 69 years ago.

It was bought at an auction in Norfolk by a private collector from Hertfordshire, the BBC reports.

After picking up the stub, Downing Street valet Nellie Goble grabbed a sheet of 10 Downing Street notepaper and scribbled a note to a friend.

"To Jack, with all good wishes from Nellie. Just a small souvenir to remind you at some future date of one of the greatest men that ever lived in England," the note read.

The BBC says "Jack" treasured the letter and cigar until his death in 1987 when it passed to his daughter.