Biting For Britain
Real Estate brokers are asked to sell some strange things sometimes but Mayfair International Realty member firm, Keys, who are based in Norfolk, England have just sold one of the strangest.
The firm, who are also antique auctioneers, have just sold a set of Winston Churchill’s false teeth. The price was well in excess of the guide price of £5000 ($7,500). When the hammer fell the wartime leader’s dentures fetched £15,200 ($22,800)!
Dental technician, Derek Cudlipp, made the teeth. Churchill valued the man’s skill very highly. Indeed his work was so important to Churchill that the World War II prime minister would not let him join up to fight. When Mr. Cudlipp’s call up papers arrived Churchill personally tore them up saying that Mr. Cudlipp would be more important to the war effort if he stayed in London to repair his dentures!
Churchill carried two sets of false teeth with him at all times. They were carefully made to preserve his slight but distinctive lisp. Not only did they help Churchill speak clearly and effectively but also they contributed to the effective style of the great wartime orator.