auction: June 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg A collection of memorabilia relating to Sir Winston Churchill has been sold at auction for £600,000.

The items had been amassed by US publishing magnate, Steve Forbes and included candid letters from Churchill, speeches and personal belongings.

Described as "the most important and comprehensive private collection of letters and books related to Winston Churchill ever assembled" they were sold by Christie's - the first of three plans sales.

Included in the lots were letter which sold for £34,850 and an unsmoked Havana cigar which fetched £2,125… a small price to pay to be able to do the most authentic Churchill impression.

275x250.jpg An Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball is set to be sold -- for more than £5million.

The iconic silver car is the sole remaining original '007' DB5 and will come complete with the 'rather interesting modifications' made by Q.

These include front-mounted machine guns, a bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, oil slick sprayer, wheel-mounted tyre slashers and smoke screen.

All the gadgets are said to be in working order… though the machine-guns were never able to fire bullets and the ejector seat was only ever a special effect.

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