A PAIR of slippers once worn by Sir Winston Churchill are going up for sale at auction.

Bellmans is offering the rare chance to bid for two lots that once belonged to the war-time Prime Minister, who attended school in Hove.

A plaque sits on the wall of the YMCA on the junction of Brunswick Road and Lansdowne Road in Hove, which used to be a preparatory school where he was educated.

The lots are his monogrammed midnight blue velvet evening slippers from the 1950s and a monogrammed brandy balloon from circa 1960.

The slippers have leather soles and are 29cm long, Albert style, and embroidered in raised gold thread with the initials WSC.

They are estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

Sir Winston Churchill's brandy balloon is a large tulip shaped bowl decorated in white enamel with monogram WSC, is signed 'E Pope' and 21cm high.

It is expected to sell for £7,000-10,000.

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The current owner selling the memorabilia said: "I have always been a huge admirer of Sir Winston Churchill and when Sotheby's held their first political sale in 1998, I couldn't resist bidding for a couple of lots.

"I put in successful bids for his slippers and the brandy balloon and it was a remarkable feeling to hold them in my hands after the auction.

"Although I am sad to part with them now, I hope that they will be bought by someone who cherishes these items as much as I did.

"I often imagined the great man sitting in his chair with these slippers on and this very glass filled with brandy in his hand. You can't really beat that."

The auction will take place on Tuesday, March 9 and further information and the catalogue will be available online at www.bellmans.co.uk.

Bellmans, whose salesroom is in Wisborough Green, is holding sales from March 9 and 12 and then from April 13 to 16.

Julian Dineen, specialist in charge of the sale said: "We are delighted to be offering these two lots for sale which once belonged to Sir Winston Churchill. Both his paintings and personal property have risen considerably since that political sale in the late 1990s.

"It is only the second opportunity to acquire these wonderful Churchilliana and we therefore expect there to be significant interest."