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Churchill items at auction

PUBLISHED: 16:56 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2010

A BUST of a famous Prime Minister and a chair from his Kent home are to go under the auctioneer s hammer. The bust of Sir Winston Churchill and a late George III beechwood chair from Sir Winston s Westerham home are two historic items in a Bonhams auctio

A BUST of a famous Prime Minister and a chair from his Kent home are to go under the auctioneer's hammer.

The bust of Sir Winston Churchill and a late George III beechwood chair from Sir Winston's Westerham home are two historic items in a Bonhams auctioneer's sale on November 18 in Bond Street.

Sculpted by Sir William Reid Dick, the 11inch high bronze bust is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000.

The Royal Academy commissioned it in 1942 but it was reputedly only after the intervention of George VI that Churchill could be persuaded to take the time to sit for the sculptor.

Churchill's late George III beechwood open armchair with an arched top-rail from his home in Westerham is expected to fetch over £1,000.

Following the death of Churchill in 1965 the chair was sold as part of his estate by Knight Frank and Rutley. The sale included pictures, drawings and prints, European and Oriental porcelain, antique and reproduction furniture in January 1966. It was purchased by the antique dealer John Day of Burlington Arcade, London.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK.

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