RESULTS: Winston Spencer Churchill: The Collection of Malcolm S. Forbes Jr. Part I






Lots Sold: 84

Lots Offered: 143

Sold by Lot: 59%

Sold by £: 61%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.471/  €1.203





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




Winston S. Churchill ,For Free Trade. A Collection of Speeches Delivered at Manchester or in the House of Commons during the Fiscal Controversy preceding the late General Election. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906.

20,000 - 30,000



US Private


Winston S. Churchill, Autograph letter signed to Eliot Crawshay-Williams, 10 Downing St., 28 June 1940, one page, 8vo; with a letter to Churchill by Crawshay Williams, 27 June 1940

6,000 - 8,000



UK Private


Winston S. Churchill, Autograph letter signed to 'My dear General' (Sir Ian Hamilton), 'In the train Sudan Military R[ailway]', 16 September 1898, including a postscript signed with initials, mostly in blue ink, 17½ pages, 8vo

30,000 - 50,000



UK Private


Winston S. Churchill, The Interior of Sir John Lavery's Studio with two Ladies, c.1922

30,000 - 50,000



UK Private


Winston S. Churchill, My Early Life. A Roving Commission. London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1930

25,000 - 35,000



UK Private


Winston S. Churchill, Thoughts and Adventures. London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1932

20,000 - 30,000



European Trade


Winston S. Churchill, Autograph letter signed ('Winston S. Churchill') to Pamela [Plowden, later Countess of Lytton], [States Model School prison], Pretoria, 18 November [1899]

15,000 - 25,000



UK Private


Winston S. Churchill, Marlborough. His Life and Times. London: George G. Harrap, 1933-38

10,000 - 15,000



European Trade


Winston S. Churchill, Marlborough. His Life and Times. London: George G. Harrap, 1933-1938

8,000 - 12,000



UK Private


Winston S. Churchill, Winston S. Photograph, late 1939/early 1940, showing the members of Neville Chamberlain's cabinet

5,000 - 8,000



European Trade


Comment: Thomas Venning, Senior Specialist for Books and Manuscripts, Christie’s London: We saw great excitement leading up to the sale, where predominantly private buyers from the UK bid in the room, by telephone and via the internet. Books and photographs produced strong prices, as did manuscripts dating from around the time of World War 2. The second highest price was paid for lot 115 which is many ways personifies the great statesman, as he tells his former personal secretary to burn and forget a letter suggesting a truce with the Germans, while the un-smoked cigar realised £2,125.


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