Cigar butt thrown away by Sir Winston Churchill and picked up by a policeman is expected to fetch up to £1,200 at auction.
The object, which the wartime leader threw away in the 1940s, will be auctioned along with a pair of satin slippers that once belonged to Queen Victoria.
The mid-19th century royal shoes are decorated with gold thread ribbons and will go under the hammer almost 202 years to the day after her birth.
It is expected that the slippers will fetch up to £3,000 later this month when members of the public can bid.
According to Julian Dineen, the specialist in charge of the Bellmans auction, “There is definitely a preference at the moment for memorabilia associated with important historical figures.
“The recent sale of Churchill’s slippers suggested that, although we don’t expect Queen Victoria’s slippers to necessarily reach five-figure sums, as they are less rare.
“We suspect that Queen Victoria’s household would have ordered more than one pair of a particular style, and because of their delicate nature, they probably wouldn’t have been worn too often.”
The ballet style shoes were a gift from Queen Victoria to her Mistress of the Robes, Harriet Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland.
Her granddaughter Lady Florence married Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin and the shoes remained in the Chaplin family until they were sold in 2000.
A brandy balloon glass that had belonged to Churchill was sold in March 2021, along with a pair of his velvet loafers.
Now three more glasses from the set – the whereabouts of the last two are unknown – are to be auctioned and could fetch up to £10,000 each.
A rather unusual piece is the cigar butt that Sir Winston smoked.
The grandfather of the current owner, Arthur Church, served as a police officer at Scotland Yard in the 1940s. While escorting Churchill on police duty, the Prime Minister smoked a cigar and Mr. Church picked up the discarded butt.
Bellmans’ next auctions will be held May 25-28. For more information, visit www.bellmans.co.uk.