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Churchill memorabilia to be sold

Gloves owned by Sir Winston Churchill
The auction was due to take place in Cirencester on Thursday

An auction of Churchill memorabilia, including a pair of Sir Winston's customised gloves and a rare marble dining table, are to be auctioned.

The table - valued at more than £60,000 - is being sold by Dominic Winter in Cirencester, Gloucs, on Thursday.

The auction will also feature books and letters from the Churchill family library dating back to the early 1400s.

A document signed by Francis I, the King of France in 1597 is expected to fetch up to £500.

Final years

Mr Winter said: "It is not very often that a collection of such historical significance and extent is made available to the public at auction.

"We are thrilled to be part of such a highly-anticipated sale, not only featuring books and documents, but an array of rare Churchill memorabilia."

Among the lots are a pair of fleece-lined, tan suede gloves owned by Sir Winston Churchill in the 1960s and expected to fetch up to £800.

The gloves are distinctly small to fit Churchill's famously small hands and were worn by Churchill in his final years and feature trimmed cuffs - evidence of his habit of trimming cuffs with a pair of scissors so they felt more comfortable.

Sir Winston died in 1965 and was buried at Bladon churchyard, close to the family seat of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire.

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