Close but no cigar - Churchill's cigar fails to sell at auction in Battle

Churchill's cigar today failed to sell at auction.

Sir Winston Churchill's unsmoked cigars, a signed photograph of the wartime leader and other memorabilia were on sale in Battle.

As previously reported in The Argus, they were given as a gift to carpenter Philip Pannell in 1955.

He worked at Churchill’s home Chartwell, in Westerham, Kent.

It had been hoped the items would fetch up to £1,500 at auction.

Burstow and Hewett said the items had failed to sell today but they hoped to arrange a buyer outside the auction room.


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