Lot 171: Sir Winston Churchill half smoked cigar
October 1, 2014
St. Peter Port, United Kingdom
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Sir Winston Churchill is largely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders. He was the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955. He is the only British prime minister to have ever received the Nobel Prize in Literature. When Churchill died in 1965 he was granted a state funeral by the Queen. His funeral saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen ever and even the Queen attended.
This half smoked La Aroma de Cuba cigar (Churchill was known to smoke both this brand and Romeo y Julieta) , measuring approx 3½" long, was originally collected by a soldier whilst serving in the First Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers whilst on duty in Hamilton, Bermuda, guarding the meeting room for several hours in 1953 when Churchill, President Dwight Eisenhower of the United States and Premier Laniel of France were there. The soldier collected the 'still smoking' cigar when sent in with others to tidy up.
The cigar is sold with a letter of provenance from the soldier, various Bermudian press cuttings and the soldiers Bermudian driving licence proving.