Yours for £300: a Sir Winston Churchill cigar butt stubbed out in August 1941

A half-smoked cigar stubbed out by Sir Winston Churchill in the Second World War is expected to fetch £300 at auction.

The 4in long stub was left by the Prime Minister before he dashed off for a Cabinet meeting on August 22, 1941 – the day German troops reached Leningrad.

Whitehall valet Nellie Goble found it when cleaning and sent it to a friend, with a note on No10 paper reading: ‘Just a small souvenir to remind you at some future date of one of the greatest men that ever lived in England.’

Butt please: Sir Winston Churchill rarely failed to finish a cigar but one he stubbed out half-way is now up for sale

Butt please: Sir Winston Churchill rarely failed to finish a cigar but one he stubbed out half-way is now up for sale

The friend gave it to her daughter – now a pensioner – who kept it at her home in Norfolk and is now selling it.

She said: ‘It rarely came out of the drawer, so it seemed better to sell it to someone who will truly appreciate it.’

Andrew Bullock, from auctioneers Keys in Aylsham, said: ‘It was rare for Churchill not to finish a cigar, so it must have been something very urgent in the Cabinet room.’

source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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