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Churchill suit to be auctioned

London, Nov. 12 (Reuters): A ghostly reminder of British wartime leader Winston Churchill’s ample figure goes on display in London next month when his famous siren suit, still moulded to the shape of his generous waistline, is sold at auction.

Churchill himself designed the all-in-one boiler suit of pinstriped grey wool so he could be comfortable but authoritative during the long hours he spent working in his central London bunker.

Sixty years after World War II, Churchill’s suit is expected to fetch upwards of £25,000 when it goes under the hammer alongside a half-smoked cigar and other memorabilia on December 12 at Sotheby's. “It's an amazingly atmospheric garment because it's never been cleaned so when you hold it up you can actually see the shape of Churchill's body in it,” said the current owner.

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