How much would you pay for British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s World War II dentures? How about $23,750? Well, that is how much an anonymous private British investor paid for the dentures at an auction last Thursday! This amount was more than three times the pre-sale estimate. The bidding took place at an auction house in Aylsham, England where one of Churchill’s half-smoked cigars sold for about $6,000. His dentures were sold by the family of Derek Cudlipp, the dental technician who made the dentures. They were kept for years in a drawer in the Cudlipp home.
A specialist at a British medical museum called the dentures “the teeth that saved the world.” According to Mr. Cudlipp’s son Nigel, Churchill would flick the dentures out and “throw them across the room” when he was angered at the progress of the allied war effort. Churchill tore up Mr. Cudlipp’s enlistment papers, saying that the dental technician “would be more important to the war effort if he stayed in London to repair his dentures.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/world/europe/30briefs-churchill.html