Churchill cigar butt sold in Sussex for £3,500

A cigar butt thrown away by Winston Churchill was sold at a Sussex auction this week for £3,500.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 11:34 am

The half-smoked cigar went under the hammer at Bellmans auction house in Wisborough Green.

The cigar was tossed aside by Churchill in the 1940s and picked up by a Scotland Yard police officer who was escorting the war-time leader.

The cigar has remained in the policeman’s family ever since.

Churchill's half-smoked cigar

The 7cm long butt was expected to fetch around £800 before going under the hammer for £3,500.

A pair of Churchill’s velvet slippers were sold by Bellmans in March for £40,000.