A Sir Winston Churchill look-a-like last night failed in his attempt to win a pair of Sir Winston Churchill’s glasses, which were auctioned for £11,210 to a telephone buyer, understood to be from overseas. ‘Sir Winston’ went along to the auction with the manufacturers of the glasses, and the world’s oldest independent eyewear company.
It was hoped that the glasses, which featured in an auction of antiques and collectables at Northamptonshire auctioneers JP Humbert could be ‘reclaimed’ by the manufacturers in an attempt to preserve them as an important piece of British history.
The auction catalogue described the reading spectacles as being made made in 1954 for the former prime minister who was often seen wearing the distinctive glasses when speaking in public.
“It’s disappointing that we were unable to win the glasses. We thought the bidding was likely to go high, but we didn’t anticipate that the glasses would be quite as popular as they have proved to be!” the bidder commented
The timing of the auction couldn’t be more perfect with the eyewear manufacturer about to launch its first new collection in a generation. The collection, which is inspired by Sir Winston Churchill’s frames will be available from June 2011 in selected outlets.