A cigar once smoked by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has sold for $12,000, according to the Boston-based RR Auction house. Churchill partially smoked the 4in cigar at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris on 11 May 1947.
Churchill served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
It was bought on Wednesday night by a collector in Palm Beach, Florida.The half-smoked cigar was kept by a British airman who flew Churchill and his wife to and from Paris.
Cpl William Alan Turner saved the Cuban cigar, which features a red-and-gold La Corona label alongside the wartime leader’s full name.