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Sir Winston Churchill’s false teeth ‘snapped up’ for £18,000 at auction | UK News

Gold-mounted false teeth that Sir Winston Churchill wore as he made his “we shall fight them on the beaches” speech and other famous addresses, have been “snapped up” at auction for £18,000.

The set of six upper teeth were fashioned to preserve Britain’s wartime prime minister’s famous natural lisp.

Dentures were so important to him, he carried two sets with him at all times.

Pic: The Costwold Auction Company
Pic: The Cotswold Auction Company

The Cotswold Auction Company, who handled the sale, said the teeth were “snapped up” for £18,000, more than double the £8,000 guide price.

Churchill, who guided Britain through the Second World War after replacing Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in 1940, suffered from dental problems most of his life and lost several teeth during his 20s.

It is believed up to four sets of teeth were made for him, with at least one buried with him, the Guardian said.

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill speaks at Woodstock, England, on Aug. 4, 1947. Churchill offers to lend his aid to the British government for a new loan on condition that Britons "labor long and hard." (AP Photo)
Winston Churchill speaking in 1947. Pic: AP

The auctioned set was made for him when he was 65 at the beginning of the conflict.

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Director Liz Poole said the teeth were “among the most unusual items” they had ever sold.

“We were absolutely delighted with the international interest in the sale of Churchill’s false teeth and other memorabilia, which included phone bids from collectors in the United States and UK,” she said.

The Winston Churchill £2 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024
The Winston Churchill £2 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

“The story generated global media coverage and featured in the news as far away as Canada, the US and Poland.

“The buyer has snapped up a unique piece of our country’s history.”

The Royal Mint's director of commemorative coins, Rebecca Morgan, holding the Winston Churchill £2 and the Buckingham Palace £5 coins for 2024
The Winston Churchill £2 and the Buckingham Palace £5 coins. Pic: PA

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Other lots included a microphone reputedly used by Churchill on VE Day to announce the end of World War Two, which sold for £11,500, plus buyer’s premium.

From this year, Churchill’s image has been on commemorative £2 coins to remember the 150th anniversary of his birth, one of five new designs to appear on UK coins in 2024.

David Bowie’s handwritten lyric sheet expected to fetch £100k at auction | Ents & Arts News

A handwritten lyric sheet penned by David Bowie for two of his “cult favourite” songs could fetch up to £100,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.

The double-sided lyric sheet includes the late music icon’s drafts, notes and corrections from when he created Rock N Roll Suicide and Suffragette City – which both featured on his 1972 classic, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.

The page dates to the final recording sessions of the album and was given to the original owner by the Life On Mars hitmaker at Trident Studio in Soho, central London, along with pages which have not survived.

It will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from the seller, stating that the page was created during the album’s final recording sessions.

The side of the sheet showing the Suffragette City lyrics includes a note at the bottom left to inform the publisher of two more songs Bowie was considering for the album – It Ain’t Easy and Round And Round.

It Ain’t Easy made it on to the 1972 album, while Round And Round, a cover of Chuck Berry’s Around And Around, was selected as a B-side for the UK issue of Drive In-Saturday, released a year later in 1973.

The double-sided lined paper features the lyrics to Rock N Roll Suicide and Suffragette City
The double-sided lined paper features the lyrics to Rock N Roll Suicide and Suffragette City

The lyric sheet is expected to fetch up to £100,000 at auction
The lyric sheet is expected to fetch up to £100,000 at auction

The lyric sheet was purchased by the current owner in the early 1980s and went on loan in 2013 to the V&A Museum for its highly-anticipated David Bowie exhibition – which became its fastest-ever selling event.

It travelled across the globe when the exhibition departed London and journeyed to Toronto, Sao Paolo, Chicago, Paris, Melbourne, Bologna, Tokyo, Barcelona and New York during a five-year international tour.

Stellar showcase of music memorabilia on sale

Bowie, who died from liver cancer on 10 January 2016 aged 69, was crowned Britain’s most influential artist of the past 50 years for his ability to transcend music, film and fashion.

His lyric sheet will be among a stellar showcase of musical memorabilia on sale on Tuesday via Omega Auctions – which previously sold a handwritten lyric sheet for Starman, one of his most famous songs, for more than £200,000.

David Bowie performing on stage at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid in 1985 Pic: AP
David Bowie performing on stage at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid in 1985. Pic: AP

Other lots include a book previously owned by Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher, featuring lyrics for fan favourites including Champagne Supernova, She’s Electric, Rockin’ Chair, Step Out Tonight and Going Nowhere, which is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000.

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Gallagher hailed Bowie as “one of the all-time greats”, telling Sky News how the visionary singer inspired him to step out of his comfort zone and “put himself out there”.

A sheet containing The Doors frontman Jim Morrison’s handwritten lyrical musings is also up for auction with an estimated price of £10,000 to £50,000.

Handwritten and signed lyrics by Queen drummer Roger Taylor for the band’s song, Breakthru, are expected to fetch up to £10,000, while a pair of trousers owned and worn by late frontman Freddie Mercury could net £6,000.

The auction also includes signed photographs, posters, albums and setlists by a variety of well-known artists.

Bowie accepted the lifetime achievement award at the 11th Annual Webby Awards in New York in 2007 Pic: AP
Bowie in 2007. Pic: AP

Bowie’s lyric sheet has been described as “an incredible artefact” by auction manager, Dan Muscatelli-Hampson.

“There are two real cult favourites in the wonderful David Bowie oeuvre and Suffragette City has been described as one of his very best,” he said.

“It is an incredible artefact to have and to hold and it is sure to excite the many millions of Bowie fans around the world, just as the Starman lyrics did.

“We are excited to see what it might achieve on the day.”

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Toy robot left in loft for decades could fetch £10,000 at auction | UK News

A toy robot left in a loft for decades and which was about to be given to a charity shop could fetch up to £10,000 at auction after being identified as a “ground-breaking” Japanese rarity.

Lee Garrett said she and her brother “couldn’t believe our ears” when they were told the Radicon robot toy’s valuation.

Experts said it was “the grandfather of tin plate robots and space toys generally” and the “rare find” was expected to generate a lot of interest “at home and overseas” when it goes under the hammer.

Ms Garrett, of Edinburgh, said the anticipated proceeds from the auction will be “split between” the family.

She was cleaning her mother’s house when she found the robot she and her siblings played with as children more than 50 years ago.

Ms Garrett said: “When we were clearing my mum’s house prior to her move to Edinburgh, we piled up a load of toys and other bits and pieces to give to the charity shop.

“The robot had been in the loft for decades and it was only when my brother said he had seen a similar toy online that we decided to take it out of the charity box and look into it a bit more.

“We were hoping the robot may be worth a few pounds but when we heard what it was, and the valuation, we couldn’t believe our ears.

“We asked mum what she wanted to do with it and she said that it should be sold and the proceeds split between her five children.

“I would like to think that the lucky new owner may get as much fun playing with the robot as we did when we were kids, although I have a feeling it may be kept well out of reach of sticky fingers.”

The robot was produced in 1957 by Japanese toymaker Masudaya.

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Undated family handout photo issued by Wave PR of Lee Garrett from Edinburgh, who owns a rare 1957 Radicon toy robot. Lee got the shock of her life when the toy robot her family planned to give away turned out to be a 1950's Japanese icon, valued at thousands of pounds. Issue date: Monday April 3, 2023.
Lee Garrett said the toy was taken out of the charity box
Undated handout photo issued by Wave PR of a rare 1957 Radicon toy robot, owned by Lee Garrett from Edinburgh. Lee got the shock of her life when the toy robot her family planned to give away turned out to be a 1950's Japanese icon, valued at thousands of pounds. Issue date: Monday April 3, 2023.

A member of the “Gang of Five” robots that were only available by special purchase in the late 1950s, it was first in the set to be produced, giving it heightened status.

The robot will headline McTear’s Antiques & Interiors auction in Glasgow on 7 April.

McTear’s specialist, James Spiridion, said: “Simply put, the Masudaya Radicon is the grandfather of tin plate robots and space toys generally.

“Very few of these fascinating toys have ever come to auction and to find one complete with box and controller is a rare find indeed.

“First edition toys, particularly ground-breaking pieces like this, are becoming more and more collectable and I am sure there will be a lot of interest from collectors at home and overseas when it goes under the hammer.

“The robot retains both its striking controller – complete with two of the original coloured antennae – and, most importantly, the box, with its fabulous artwork evoking the sense of awe and wonder that sci-fi brought in the 1950s.”

Noel Gallagher’s handwritten Wonderwall lyrics fetch 10 times estimate at auction | Ents & Arts News

A piece of paper with the lyrics of Wonderwall handwritten by Noel Gallagher has fetched £46,875 at auction.

The page is believed to have been written sometime in the mid-2000s to help Gallagher, lead guitarist for the band, during rehearsals.

They were kept afterwards by the band’s road crew.

The song appeared on the 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and became one of the band’s most successful and best-known.

The estimate for the piece had been between £4,000 and £6,000.

Gallagher and his brother Liam formed Oasis in 1991 but the band split in 2009 and the two siblings have had an icy relationship since.

Also sold on Friday was Noel Gallagher’s 1962 Epiphone Casino Guitar, which he bought after advice from The Jam’s Paul Weller.

It sold for £56,250.

The guitar was used to record Oasis’s third album Be Here Now, and demos for their fourth album Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.

The two items were featured in one of the biggest collections of Oasis memorabilia to be auctioned in the UK, according to Propstore.

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A leather jacket worn by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash during the music video for the song Paradise City was sold for £34,375, and an autographed ticket for a Beatles concert sold for £12,500.

David Bowie’s spacesuit which he wore for the 1980 music video Ashes To Ashes, Whitney Houston’s Queen Of The Night costume worn in the film The Bodyguard, and a signed gun licence application from Elvis Presley are also being auctioned.

Other pieces among the 1,500 lots are from Michael Jackson, the Sex Pistols, Blur, Rihanna, and the Spice Girls.

The auction at the Bafta headquarters in Piccadilly, London, opened on 3 November and runs until 6 November.