Churchill’s false teeth go for a record sale
A set of gold-plated false teeth, once worn by Winston Churchill, has been sold at auction for £15,200 pounds, three times the guide price.
A collector bid more than three times the guide price at the sale to snap them up for £15,200.
They were sold by the Nigel Cudlipp, the son of Derek Cudlipp, the technician who made them, at an auction at Keys auction rooms in Aylsham, Norfolk.
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.
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 Fish, 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.