Naturally that put a different light on matters, and Humber’s agreed to put the item up for auction. Its value was estimated at around £80, given the poor state of the piece. However, to their amazement and that of the family, the Chesterfield sofa eventually sold for an incredible £7500 to an English man living in South Africa. It just goes to show, one man’s junk is another’s treasure. Although there was no written provenance for the settee, it transpired that it had proudly sat in Churchill’s private offices in Whitehall during his second premiership from 1951 to 1955. I wonder which famous rears had actually sat on it over the years. So, if perchance you happen to have an old Chesterfield settee lying around, think twice before throwing it away. They can always be repaired and can be made to look as good as new. All they need is a little TLC. Besides, you never know who may have previously owned it.]]>