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Winston Churchill's Blood Being Auctioned

A nurse kept it after British leader was hospitalized
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2015 5:22 PM CST
Winston Churchill's Blood Being Auctioned
This is a Aug. 1, 1940 file photo provided by the British government, Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill tries a Tommy Gun during a visit to north-east England.    (AP Photo/British Official Photo, File)

(Newser) – Winston Churchill fractured a hip at age 87 and stayed in a London hospital, leaving behind a vial of his own blood. Now it's resurfaced for auction and could fetch hundreds of dollars, the Guardian reports. "It is impossible to put an accurate estimate on this unique piece of history," says a rep for Duke's auction house. "It is probably the first time that such a personal piece of Churchill’s history has been offered on the open market." When Churchill left the hospital in 1962, student nurse Patricia Fitzgibbon kept the tube; now she's died, freeing the item up for the highest bidder. Churchill lived on for another three years after his hospital stay, but the operation to fix the fracture shortened one leg and he used a walking stick from then on, the Duke's rep tells Kent News. (Read more Winston Churchill stories.)

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