Half-smoked Churchill ci­gar sold on­line

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A ci­gar half-smoked by Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill dur­ing a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over US$12,000 dur­ing an on­line auc­tion. Bos­ton-based RR Auc­tion says the 10-cen­time­tre ci­gar was bought Wed­nes­day evening by a col­lec­tor from Palm Beach, Fla. The buyer’s name wasn’t re­leased.

The auc­tion com­pany says Churchill smoked the ci­gar on May 11, 1947, at Le Bour­get Air­port. In­cluded in the auc­tion was a photo signed by the prime min­is­ter that shows him with the ci­gar in his hand at the air­port. RR Auc­tion says a Bri­tish air­man, Cpl. Wil­liam Alan Turner, kept the ci­gar af­ter his crew flew Churchill and his wife to and from Paris.



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