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A collection of paintings by Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off Wednesday in the largest ever sale of artwork by the statesman and accomplished painter."The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell," showing the garden pond where the statesman used to feed fish whose descendants still swim there today, sold for 1.8 million pounds ($2.8 million), a record for a Churchill painting.The 255-lot sale entitled "Daughter of History" included a battered red leather briefcase used by Churchill when he was secretary of state for the Colonies between 1921 and 1922, which sold for 158,500 pounds.Other items sold were a silver water jug inscribed "Egypt 1942, To Winston from his colleagues from the War Cabinet" for 278,500 pounds and a cigar humidor for 21,250 pounds, which could have belonged either to Churchill or his daughter, who also enjoyed a puff. A painting of Carcassonne in France was the first picture that Churchill gave to his daughter.
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