Half-finished cigar smoked by Winston Churchill sells for more than $12,000

Personalised cigar was smoked by the former prime minister on a trip to Paris in 1947

Natasha Salmon
Saturday 14 October 2017 18:43
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A cigar once smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on a 1947 trip to Paris
A cigar once smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on a 1947 trip to Paris

A half-smoked cigar owned by Sir Winston Churchill has sold for $12,000 (£9,000) at auction.

The former British prime minister enjoyed the cigar during a trip to Paris in 1947.

The cigar was kept by British airman, Corporal William Alan Turner, after finding it at Le Bourget Airport.

Sir Winston Churchill was rarely seen without a cigar - pictured in 1939

Corporal Turner and his crew flew Churchill and his wife to and from Paris during the trip.

The La Corona cigar from Havana, Cuba, is personalised as it includes Churchill’s name on the label.

Also included in the online auction was a photo signed by the prime minister that shows him with the cigar in his hand at the airport.

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