Churchill’s false teeth go for a record sale

A set of gold-plated false teeth, once worn by Winston Churchill, has been sold at auction for £15,200 pounds, three times the guide price.

A collector bid more  than three times the guide price at the sale to snap them  up for £15,200.

They were sold by the Nigel Cudlipp, the son of Derek Cudlipp,  the technician who made them, at an auction at Keys auction  rooms in Aylsham, Norfolk.

The dentures helped the British prime minister  overcome terrible dental problems and he was believed to be so anxious  about losing them, that he always kept a spare set – which is why  several survive.

Two years ago, two letters written by  Sir Winston Churchill to his dentist, telling him that he had been  nominated for a knighthood, went up for auction.

The letters were  written in 1952 and 1954, when Sir Winston was in his third term as  prime minister, to Sir Wilfred Fish, the most acclaimed dentist of his  generation.

Throughout his life, the statesman feared that problems with his teeth would affect his public speaking, one of his  most powerful attributes.

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