Half-smoked Winston Churchill cigar going under the hammer

Although a half-smoked cigar butt would generally not be of much value, one stubbed out by Sir Winston Churchill is expected to be purchased at upwards of $800 dollars when it goes up for auction.

Police Officer Bill Wood was given the cigar as a gift in the early 1950s at the then-prime minister’s Chartwell country home in Kent, England. 

The butt was passed down to Wood’s son Mike and will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers in the UK in late March.

It is believed Churchill smoked around a quarter of a million cigars throughout his life, which works out to around 10 a day.

Jim Spencer of Hansons Auctioneers called the cigar butt iconic because Churchill was often pictured holding one.

The size of the cigar left also makes sense, considering Churchill was known to only smoke cigars about half way down. 

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(Original Caption) Close-up of Winston Churchill as a young boy, around 7 years old. Undated photograph.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in 1904. He became Conservative MP for Oldham in 1900, but changed his allegiance to the Liberals in 1906. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) the Conservative statesman aboard the Royal Yacht, whilst First Lord of the Admiralty in 1912. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1912: Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British politician, giving evidence during the English anarchists' trial in 1912. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
Winston Churchill (Photo by Keystone-France\Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, 1874 � 24 January 1965. British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Winston Churchill as British war time prime minister 1942. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Winston Churchill as British wartime prime minister 1940. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Winston Churchill in 1945.
(Original Caption) Sir Winston Churchill makes the Victory Sign as he greets well-wishers from his automobile. Photograph.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), 1956. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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