Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

Signed Churchill Photograph, Cecil BeatonSir Winston Spencer Churchill (1874–1965), war correspondent, soldier, journalist, politician, First Lord of the Admiralty and Prime Minister. Churchill wrote several books prior to his role as Prime Minister during the Second World War, and is as renowned for his writing as his orating. He was also a man of letters, though identifying genuine signatures can be something of a minefield, and a wonderful photographic subject thanks to his sometimes lugubrious / sometimes defiant features and character traits, as well as the well-known props such as his cigars.

Winston Churchill first editions range in price from the low hundreds of pounds up to the mid thousands of pounds, but prices can rise dramatically if the books are signed or inscribed, for which there is a strong collectors’ market, especially in the UK and USA. Important photographs and significant autograph letters or association inscriptions are also highly sought after by collectors.