Cigar butts discarded by Sir Winston Churchill could win £ 1,200 at auction

Cigar butt, abandoned by Sir Winston Churchill and picked up by police, will get up to £ 1,200 ($ 1,677) at auction.

Items abandoned by wartime leaders in the 1940s will be sold with satin slippers once owned by Queen Victoria.

Made in the mid-19th century, royal shoes are detailed with gold thread bands and are placed under a hammer almost 202 years after she was born.

Slippers will get up to £ 3,000 ($ 4,192) later this month when the public will be able to bid.

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Cigar butt abandoned by Sir Winston Churchill auctioned at Bellmans in Wisbara Green, West Sussex, England, May 7, 2021. (PA image)

Julian Dineen, a specialist at Bellman’s Auction, said:

“Recent sales of Churchill’s slippers have shown, though I don’t think they will necessarily reach five digits, as Queen Victoria’s slippers are not so rare.

“Queen Victoria’s family probably ordered multiple pairs of a particular style. Due to their delicate nature, they probably wouldn’t wear them many times.”

Ballet-style shoes were presented by Queen Victoria to her concubine, Lady Harietta Sutherland-Levson-Gauer, Duchess of Sutherland.

Her granddaughter Lady Florence married Henry Chaplin, the first Viscount Chaplin, and slippers remained in the Chaplin family until they were sold in 2000.

In March 2021, Churchill’s brandy balloon glasses were sold with velvet slippers.

Three more glasses from the set (the location of the last two glasses is unknown) can be auctioned for up to £ 10,000 ($ 13,974) each.

A more unusual item is the cigar butt smoked by Sir Winston.

The current owner’s grandfather, Arthur Church, served as a police officer in Scotland Yard in the 1940s, and during a police mission to escort Churchill, the Prime Minister smoked a cigar and the church picked up an abandoned butt.

The next Bellmans auction is from May 25th to 28th. For more information, please visit

Michael Drummond