▶HALF- SMOKED WIN­STON CHURCHILL CIGAR SELLS FOR $12,000:

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BOS­TON (AP) — A cigar half-smoked by Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill dur­ing a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over $12,000 dur­ing an on­line auc­tion.

Bos­ton-based RR Auc­tion says the 4-inch (10-cen­time­ter) cigar was bought Wed­nes­day evening by a col­lec­tor from Palm Beach, Flor­ida. 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.

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

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