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Sir Winston Churchill: Former PM's Belongings Fetch Over £57,000

The pair of slippers and brandy glass, which were owned by the wartime leader, were sold at auction in separate lots.

Items once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill have sold for £57,340 at auction.

Bellmans sold two lots that once belonged to the wartime leader - monogrammed midnight blue velvet evening slippers from the 1950s and a monogrammed brandy balloon from circa 1960.

On Wednesday, the slippers fetched £39,040 including buyer's premium, after bids from the UK and United States, while the brandy glass went for £18,300 including buyer's fee.

Both lots exceeded their pre-sale estimates.

The famous wartime leader's monogrammed slippers date back to the 1950s.

Embroidered in raised gold thread with the initials 'WSC', the Albert-style slippers are leather-lined, with leather soles, and are stamped: "N. Tuczek, 17 Clifford St, Bond St, London."

A second lot, the monogrammed brandy balloon, belonged to Sir Winston from circa 1960.

Both lots were sold for the first time by Sir Winston's family in the Political Sale at Sotheby's in 1998.

That was when they were purchased by the last owner, who said he had "always been a huge admirer of Sir Winston Churchill".

"When Sotheby's held their first political sale in 1998, I couldn't resist bidding for a couple of lots," they added.

"I put in successful bids for his slippers and the brandy balloon and it was a remarkable feeling to hold them in my hands after the auction."

The long-time owner added that they were "sad to part with them now", but hoped the items would go to "someone who cherishes" them as much as they did.

"I often imagined the great man sitting in his chair with these slippers on and this very glass filled with brandy in his hand," they continued.

"You can't really beat that."

Earlier this month, a wartime painting by Sir Winston Churchill, which was owned by Angelina Jolie, sold at auction for £8,285,000.

Cover image: Slippers and a brandy balloon previously belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (Picture: Bellmans).

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