An original letter signed by then-British prime minister Winston Churchill and sent to wellwishers upon the Allied victory in World War II was offered for $200,000 by a US firm Wednesday.
Copies of the letter, marked by the official prime minister’s stamp and his address, 10 Downing Street, was sent to the thousands of people who wrote congratulatory letters to Churchill upon the defeat of the Nazis.
“I have been deeply touched by all the messages of goodwill which have reached me at this time. Thank you so much for your kind thought,” read the short text written in May 1945.
The letter is being sold by the Raab Collection, and is available for purchase on its website along with other letters written by the wartime leader. As of Sunday, the item was still available.
Churchill served twice as prime minister — in 1940-1945 and again in 1951-1955.
He is credited with leading the successful Allied war effort against the Axis Powers and shoring up British morale with rousing speeches, particularly amid initial successes by Nazi Germany in the conflict.
— The Raab Collection (@RaabCollection) May 31, 2023