Churchill art set to sell for seven figures

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A SERIES of paintings by former Prime Minister Winston Churchill are expected to sell for a seven-figure sum when they go under the hammer at auction.

The 15 works are from the collection of his daughter, Mary Soames, who died this year aged 91 and will be sold alongside more than 200 lots including books, furniture and photographs at Sotheby’s in London on December 17.

They include a painting of The Goldfish Pool at Churchill’s home, Chartwell, valued at £600,000, and a view of The Weald of Kent under snow valued at £350,000.

Churchill took up painting in 1915 after he was blamed for the failure of the Allied campaign at Gallipoli. He continued to paint until his death in 1965.

Other lots up for sale will include a red dispatch box from his time as Secretary of State for The Colonies valued at about £7,000.