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Winston Churchill’s half-used cigar from his final day at No.10 up for sale

Souvenir: The cigar retrieved
from an ashtray by civil servant
George Henry Townsend PIC: C&T AUCTIONEERS

A HALF-smoked cigar belonging to Winston Churchill from his last day at No.10 is going on sale.

The 2in stub belonging to the former prime minister was taken from an ashtray by civil servant George Henry Townsend as he left Downing Street for the second time on April 6, 1955.

It has been made available for sale days after British actor Gary Oldman won the best actor Oscar for portraying the war-time leader in The Darkest Hour.

Prime minister: Winston Churchill

Along with the cigar butt, there is a black and white photo of Churchill with the Queen taken in 1955 and a small plaster cast statue of him that was a souvenir.

The cigar is valued at £300 and is being sold by C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent, next Wednesday.

Auctioneer Matthew Tredwin said: ‘It is an odd piece of memorabilia but anything to do with Winston Churchill is always popular, especially now after the success of the film.’