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Winston Churchill's half-smoked cigar that was taken from an ashtray at 10 Downing Street by a civil servant has come to light.<br />
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Part of his trademark look, the cigar was smoked on Churchill's last day in office as Prime Minister in 1955.<br />
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George Henry Townsend, who served under Churchill, picked it up as a souvenir.<br />
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He later placed the two inch long stub in a small envelope for safekeeping. He wrote on the envelope: "Winston Churchill's cigar (authentic)."<br />
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While the finished cigar would usually be cast aside as rubbish this one carries a value of about £300.