London: A pocket watch of former British prime minister Winston Churchill and a symbol of the victory of the Allies in World War II was auctioned on Tuesday in London for €670,000 (approximately Rs 5 crore)
The watch, which sold for eight times higher than the expected price, is one of four watches given by prominent Swiss citizens to Allied leaders Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Joseph Stalin and Henry Truman in appreciation of their efforts during the Second World War.
Sotheby’s auction house decided to sell the watch on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death, describing the watch as a “historical testimony to leadership and a symbol of courage”.
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