The Gathering Storm signed by Winston Churchill – £4800 at Mitchells.

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Bidders obviously thought so: offered during a November 30-December 2 series of sales at Mitchells (22% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth, the copy of The Gathering Storm, the first volume, sold at £4800 against an estimate of £80-120.

Consigned by a private vendor, it was described as being “very much in used condition”, showing some foxing and other marks, but it was said to be structurally sound.

The book came with a photograph of Churchill that also bears his signature and is dated 1947.