Metal box with the name Winston Churchill - £90,000 at Sotheby's.

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That was what pushed the bidding far beyond a suggested £6000-8000 in a Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium) online sale that ended on December 10.

Churchill would have owned several such boxes in which to keep his personal records and documents – as opposed to official dispatch boxes and the like – and this one is thought to date from some point before 1922. After that date he was entitled to add the letters CH for Companion of Honour – but it would have been a bit of squeeze.