Are you big enough to fill Churchill’s shoes? Velvet slippers that belonged to wartime leader and are adorned with his initials are expected to sell for £15,000 at auction
- Winston Churchill’s blue velvet shoes from the 1950s are set to fetch £15,000
- A brandy glass with the wartime prime minister’s initials could sell for £10,000
- The two items will go up for sale in Sussex for only the second time on March 9
A pair of velvet slippers that belonged to Winston Churchill which adorned with his initials are expected to sell for up to £15,000 at auction.
The worn shoes, which date back to the 1950s, are going up for sale along with a brandy glass owned by the Second World War prime minister, which is expected to sell for up to £10,000.
The slippers, made by a Mayfair shoemaker, remain in great condition, but show signs of wear on the heels.
One of Churchill’s former secretary’s has recalled the former PM slipping into the shoes at his home Chartwell, Kent.
They monogrammed with the initials WSC and are made of midnight blue velvet.
A pair of Winston Churchill’s slippers are expected to fetch up to £15,000 at auction when they go up for sale next month alongside a brandy glass he owned
Bellmans Auctioneers in Sussex is set to sell the slippers on March 9, for only for the second time since Churchill’s death in 1965.
Also on offer at the same time is the wartime leader’s brandy balloon, dated to 1960, five years before his death.
It is a large tulip-shaped bowl decorated in white enamel with the monogram WSC and is signed ‘E Pope’.
The midnight blue velvet slippers remain in good condition, but are slightly worn at the heel
Both lots were sold for the first time by Winston Churchill’s family in the Political Sale at Sotheby’s, on July 15, 1998, where the present owner purchased them
The slippers, made by a Mayfair shoemaker, are inscribed with the Second World War PM’s initials
Estimates put its value at £7,000 to £10,000.
Both lots were sold for the first time by Churchill’s family in the Political Sale at Sotheby’s, on July 15, 1998, where the present owner purchased them.
Items from the two-times prime minister enjoy strong demand at auction.
Julian Dineen, specialist in charge of the sale at Bellmans, said: ‘Both his paintings and personal property have risen considerably since that 1990s Political Sale.
‘It is only the second opportunity to acquire these wonderful Churchilliana and we therefore expect there to be significant interest.’
In December, Sotheby’s New York sold Churchill’s 1940s leather briefcase for just over £20,000.
A large tulip-shaped brandy balloon decorated in white enamel with the monogram WSC and is signed ‘E Pope’ could sell for up to £10,000
Churchill’s love for his slippers and pipe have recently been remembered by one of his staff, who said he would often shuffle about his home, Chartwell in Kent, wearing them in his in-house cinema
His paintings are also sought after, making upwards of £1m.
Churchill’s love for his slippers and pipe have recently been remembered by one of his staff.
Nonie Chapman was 21 and working as a secretary at Churchill’s home, Chartwell in Kent.
She recently said she fondly remembered him shuffling to his in-house cinema in the monogrammed shoes.
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