SMOK­ING HOT ITEM

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

A HALF-SMOKED cigar Win­ston Churchill left in an ash­tray is set to fetch $2150 at auc­tion.

He left the Cuban cigar on-board the HMS Duke of York dur­ing a mis­sion in World War II. It was picked up by the Rev­erend Robert Evans who served as chap­lain on the ship.

Churchill and a host of dig­ni­taries boarded the US-bound ves­sel in De­cem­ber 1941 to visit Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt to dis­cuss Amer­ica en­ter­ing the war in the wake of Pearl Har­bor. The cigar has been per­fectly pre­served in a plas­tic tube for the past 70 years.

Churchill in 1954.

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