Sotheby’s to Offer Items from the Collection of Mary Soames, a Daughter of Winston Churchill

The December 17 auction will include 15 of the British leader’s finest paintings…

The name Mary Soames might not ring a bell, but a certain part of the name she was born with certainly will. As Mary Spencer-Churchill, the youngest daughter of the great British leader—who was also an exceptional amateur painter—she inherited much from Winston Churchill beyond a healthy measure of moxie and a penchant for cigars, as an upcoming Sotheby’s auction will demonstrate. The sale, called Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Churchill, will take place at Sotheby’s London on December 17. “It’s a really rare opportunity,” says Frances Christie, head of Sotheby’s department of modern and postwar British art. “Through her things, you get a great opportunity to learn about those points in history and feel a part of them.”

Among the treasures of Lady Soames, who died in May, are 15 of the finest paintings that her father ever made. “All of the subjects were personal to him, and they really do represent him at his technical height,” Christie says. The Goldfish Pond at Chartwell, his 1932 depiction of one of his favorite places, is estimated to fetch between about $628,000 and $942,000, while Tapestries at Blenheim, a canvas of a room in the resplendent home where he was born, could sell for $314,000 to $471,000. (sothebys.com)

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