Winston Churchill slippers bought for £40,000 at auction

A pair of velvet slippers worn by former UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, has sold for almost £40,000!

The slippers and monogrammed brandy balloon glass both exceeded their expected price tags. (Photo: Bellmans)

The slippers go back to the 1950s and are monogrammed with his initials, ‘WSC’.

They were initially listed for £15,000 at auction but were sold on Tuesday for £39,040, including buyer’s premium.

A brandy glass that belonged to him was also sold for more than £18,000 at the same auction.

The seller had owned the shoes since 1998 and said he often thought of Churchill sitting in a chair with the slippers on with a glass of brandy.

And just in case you don’t get the big idea about why used shoes would cost so much, auctioneer Julian Dineen said, “Sir Winston Churchill is still highly regarded around the world and we had interest from both the media and from buyers from all over the world.

“It was only the second opportunity to acquire these wonderful items and especially the slippers saw significant interest.”

Churchill was seen the footwear during his second term as prime minister from 1951-55.