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Winston Churchill pocket watch sold for $748,500 in London

September 22, 2015, 20:15 UTC+3 LONDON
The watch, commissioned by a group of prominent Swiss citizens, was one of four given to leaders including Charles de Gaulle, Joseph Stalin and Harry S. Truman, to commemorate the World War II victory
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LONDON, September 22. /TASS/. A watch given to British prime minister Winston Churchill to celebrate victory in the World War II has been sold at London’s auction for £485,000 ($748,500), auction’s officials told TASS on Tuesday.

Sotheby's Auction House representatives said that the final sum for the unique watch exceeded in eight times the expected minimum of £60,000-£100,000 ($93,000-$154,000).

The name of the new watch owner is not disclosed.

The watch, commissioned by a group of prominent Swiss citizens, was one of four given to leaders including Charles de Gaulle, Joseph Stalin and Harry S. Truman, to commemorate the Victory Day.

It depicts St George slaying a dragon, with a trident as the hour hand. It was the latest reimagining as the then-Prime Minister as the patron saint.

The timepiece was designed by Louis Cottier in association with Agassiz and Co.

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