Churchill’s teeth for sale

A PARTIAL set of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill’s gold-mounted dentures, specially designed to disguise his natural lisp, go up for sale next week.

The partial dentures, which Keys Auctioneers in London have catalogued with an estimated value of £4,000-£5,000 (€4,600- €5,800), are being sold by the son of the technician who was commissioned to make them.

A duplicate is on show at the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a third set was buried with Churchill in 1965.

According to documents written by the college of surgeons, the dentures were “carefully designed to ensure that Churchill retained his slurred diction – a deliberate affectation designed to overcome a childhood lisp”.

“Churchill lived in fear of losing his false teeth, and hence his speaking voice, and insisted that spare dentures always be on hand,” it added.


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