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A man of the peepers… £6k for Churchill’s specs

READING glasses worn by Sir Winston Churchill have been sold at auction for £6,000 — more than three times the amount expected.

The round-rimmed tortoiseshell spectacles were made for the wartime prime minister (pictured above) by the eyewear company CW Dixey & Son of London.

Wartime vision: The tortoiseshell glasses were ‘as iconic as his cigar and hat’ PICTURES: PA

They went under the hammer yesterday in the sale at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey, 11 miles from Churchill’s Chartwell home in Kent. It was thought they would fetch up to £2,000.

Churchill was fond of distinctive eyewear and normally had three pairs made for each prescription.

‘They were as iconic as his cigar and hat,’ said a spokeswoman for the Catherine Southon auction house.

The glasses had been sent back for repair when Churchill died in 1965. They are displayed in a leather case which includes a typed note from CW Dixey director Mr P Varnes to confirm they were made for the politician. Mr Varnes had given them to the most recent owner, also an optician.