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Painting of whisky & brandy bottles by ex-UK PM Churchill sells for ₹9.6 crore

A rare painting by Winston Churchill featuring the famously bibulous British World War II leader's favourite brand of whisky fetched nearly £1 million at auction in London on Tuesday.The 1930s oil painting, of a bottle of Johnny Walker's Black label whisky and a bottle of brandy with a jug and glasses, sparked a bidding battle before it sold for £983,000 ($1.3 million, 1.1 million euros).

The sale, at a Sotheby's online auction of modern and post-war British art, was around five times above pre-sale estimates and among the highest ever reached under the hammer for a Churchill painting.The war-time leader, who was a keen amateur artist, created the still life work -- entitled "Jug with Bottles" -- in the 1930s at his country house Chartwell, in Kent, southeast England.

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