Winston Churchill’s false teeth up for auction

A set of dentures, belonging to Winston Churchill, have gone on sale – and are expected to fetch £5,000.

The dentures helped the British prime minister overcome terrible dental problems and he was believed to be so anxious about losing them, that he always kept a spare set – which is why several survive.

They are being sold by the son of Derek Cudlipp, the technician who made them, at an auction on 29 July at Keys auction rooms in Aylsham, Norfolk.

Two years ago, two letters written by Sir Winston Churchill to his dentist, telling him that he had been nominated for a knighthood, went up for auction.

The letters were written in 1952 and 1954, when Sir Winston was in his third term as prime minister, to Sir Wilfred, the most acclaimed dentist of his generation.

Throughout his life, the statesman feared that problems with his teeth would affect his public speaking, one of his most powerful attributes.

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