File this under “I wish I had a lot of money.” For the first time in years, a sizable collection of Winston Churchill related materials are going up for Auction.
From the Guardian today:
A Boer policeman described the missing prisoner in less than flattering terms: 5ft 8in, 25-year-old Englishman with a slight stoop, pale features, reddish-brown hair with an almost invisible moustache. “Speaks through his nose and cannot pronounce the letter S.” Also, “cannot speak one word of Dutch”.
The prisoner in question was Winston Churchill and the reason for the telegram was his escape from a Pretoria prisoner-of-war camp, just before Christmas 1899. The alert had little effect. The future leader had managed to vault a wall behind the toilets before sauntering down the road to a railway where he leapt onto a moving train to safety. The telegram is just one item in what is the most comprehensive private collection of Churchill items ever assembled. Christie’s today said it was to auction the hundreds of items in three sections beginning in London on June 2.
The collection, remarkable by any standards because of its historical importance, was assembled by Steve Forbes, grandson of Forbes magazine founder B C Forbes. It includes etters, books, photographs and even a cigar (unsmoked).
Sadly, the cheapest item up for auction is £1,000, putting these items out of most poeple’s price range. Still, it would be magnificent to own a piece of Winston Churchill’s life!