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Churchill's gloves fetch 1,400

Gloves owned by Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston had famously small hands

A pair of Sir Winston Churchill's customised gloves reached nearly three times their expected value at auction in Gloucestershire.

The tiny gloves, made to fit Churchill's famously small hands, sold for £1,400 at Dominic Winter in Cirencester on Thursday.

They had a guide value of between £500 and £800.

But fierce bidding between a Lincolnshire Churchilliana fan and a US collector pushed the price up.

Auctioneer Dominic Winter said: "The room could sense what was going on. I'm pleased to say the UK won it."

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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