An extraordinary collection of autographs and signatures from some of the most iconic figures in history will go on sale tomorrow in Sussex.
In total more than a thousand hand written scrawls from Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, military and literary heroes will be auctioned.
Between them they cover four centuries - but the collection itself came as a complete surprise, as Andy Dickenson discovered when he spoke to auctioneer Paul Campbell.
The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed is expected to fetch up to £1000 at auction in Dorset today.
The former Prime Minister smoked it in 1962 while was recuperating from a fractured hip. Smoking was allowed in hospitals at that time and the stubbed out cigar was saved by a student nurse and kept in a paper bag.
It will go under the hammer in Dorchester.
The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed is expected to fetch up to a thousand pounds at auction in Dorset. The cigar was smoked in 1962 while Churchill was recuperating from a fractured hip. It was saved by a student nurse and kept in a paper bag. The cigar will go under the hammer in Dorchester in October.
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VIDEO: A new exhibition has opened at Winston Churchill's former home at Chartwell in Kent with exhibits loaned to the house by his family. Derek Johnson reports.