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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.
Part of his trademark look, the cigar was smoked on Churchill's last day in office as Prime Minister in 1955.
George Henry Townsend, who served under Churchill, picked it up as a souvenir.
He later placed the two inch long stub in a small envelope for safekeeping. He wrote on the envelope: "Winston Churchill's cigar (authentic)."
While the finished cigar would usually be cast aside as rubbish this one carries a value of about £300.