Sir Winston Churchill’s spectacles come up for auction

Catherine Southon has consigned a pair of Sir Winston Churchill’s tortoiseshell glasses. They will be sold at auction tomorrow with an estimate of £1,000-2,000.

The spectacles are sold with a typed statement from Director of C.W. Dixey Mr P. Varnes confirming that the spectacles were made for the former Prime Minister. The statement explains that “usually three pairs of spectacles were made to Churchill’s prescription and kept at the Cavendish Square showroom, later the Wigmore Street practice”. A pair of Sir Winston’s spectacles were previously sold at auction in 2011 by JP Humbert in Northamptonshire. They sold for £11,200.

Also included in the sale is a framed charcoal study of Sir Winston. It is catalogued as being British School, mid 20th century, and is signed indistinctly.

The sale comes well timed just ahead of the new film ‘Darkest Hour’, starring Gary Oldman as Sir Winston at the very start of his role as Prime Minister at the precipice of World War II. The film captures the enormous decision of Sir Winston’s to either explore a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany or confront it.

The auction will be held tomorrow by Catherine Southon at Farleigh Golf Club, near Croydon.

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