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CHURCHILL CIGAR COPS pounds 1K PROFIT; He gave it to officer in 1950.

Byline: EUAN STRETCH

HE was famed for his big cigars and rarely pictured without one.

Now one of Sir Winston Churchill's iconic smokes is set to fetch more than pounds 1,000 when it goes under the hammer.

The ex-prime minister gave the 7in J Cuesta to policeman Brian Bateman to thank him for organising his security during an official visit in 1950.

The detective treasured it and kept it in on display in his living room in the cellophane wrapper.

His family decided to sell it following his recent death.

The auctioneer Andrew Ald-ridge said: "The cigar has great provenance and there is a newspaper cutting telling how Det Chief Insp Bateman received the cigar. Churchill had been visiting and Bateman, who was head of Oxford CID, was in charge of his security. To own one of Churchill's cigars would give great pleasure to collectors."

Churchill's smoke of choice was a Romeo y Julieta but he was given many varieties by suppliers.

It is being sold by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wilts, on Saturday. Two years ago, a half-smoked cigar which Churchill left during a meeting in 1941 was sold for pounds 4,500.

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Date:Feb 14, 2012
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