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Winston Churchill’s cigar butt up for auction

A cigar butt which Winston Churchill stubbed out in 1941 is expected to fetch nearly $500 at auction.

The 4in long stub was left by the Prime Minister before he dashed off for a Cabinet meeting on August 22, 1941 – the day German troops reached Leningrad.

Whitehall valet Nellie Goble found it when cleaning and sent it to a friend, with a note on No10 paper reading: ‘Just a small souvenir to remind you at some future date of one of the greatest men that ever lived in England.’

The friend gave it to her daughter – now a pensioner – who kept it at her home in Norfolk and is now selling it.

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