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Churchill model fetches 20,000
Waxwork of Churchill: Photo courtesy of Dominic Winter Book Auctions
The figure went to a mystery buyer
A life-size wax model of statesman Sir Winston Churchill has been sold at auction for just short of 20,000.

The 5ft 8in figure went to a mystery buyer from Lincolnshire at the sale in South Cerney near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on Thursday.

The waxwork, known as a glass-eyed portrait, is dressed in a frock coat and bow tie.

It dates from the time of Churchill's second spell as prime minister in 1951. The piece eventually sold for 19,892.

Auctioneer Dominic Winter said: "We are absolutely delighted with the price that the waxwork fetched.

"It went for more than half the price we expected and bidding was extremely vigorous.

It's a great, fun piece though he's been spooking some customers and staff during the last month that he's been standing in our reception area
Chris Abury, Dominic Winter Book Auctions

"Luckily it went to a gentleman who has bought Churchill goods in the past from us so we know he'll be going to a good home."

Specialist valuer Chris Abury added: "In total, seven glass-eyed portraits were made during his lifetime and this last version is considered the best, remaining on display until his death in 1965.

"It's a great, fun piece though he's been spooking some customers and staff during the last month that he's been standing in our reception area."

Churchill (1874-1965) was prime minister from 1940 until 1945 during which time his courage and leadership inspired the nation during World War II.

He completed a second stint as prime minister, holding top office from 1951-55.




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