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Wartime painting by Winston Churchill expected to fetch a staggering £2.5million at auction

PM'S PAINTING

A WARTIME painting by Winston Churchill is expected to fetch a staggering £2.5million when it goes under the hammer.

The Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque is described as the former Prime Minister’s most important work, which he painted in 1943.

London auction house Christie’s is also selling the Tory leader’s Scene at Marrakech, estimated at £500,000, and St Paul’s Churchyard for £300,000 in next month’s sale.

Buyers are told: “While fighting Nazi tyranny, he devoted a few hours to paint a single canvas, the present work, The Tower of the Koutoubia.”

It shows a favourite view across Marrakech rising towards the Atlas Mountain peaks.

He drove five hours to show President Roosevelt after a 10-day summit in 1943 and stayed a day to paint what they saw.

The sale catalogue reveals of the top-priced work: “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque is commonly regarded as the most important painting by Sir Winston Churchill, with its story interwoven into the history of the twentieth century.

“Churchill began painting in 1915, aged 40, at a well-documented low point in his career.

“His enthusiasm for his “paint box” was sustained throughout his life.

“He stopped painting only once when he was forced to harness all of his energies on the office of wartime Prime Minister.

“Yet, even in the midst of fighting against Nazi tyranny, he managed to devote a few hours to paint a single canvas, the present work, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque.”

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