A set of gold false teeth belonging to Winston Churchill were sold at auction for £16,000 yesterday.
According to London auctioneers Bonham's, the dentures were specially made to hide the wartime prime minister's lisp, AFP reports.
Bonham's specialist Lionel Willis said: "These particular dentures were designed especially by his dentist to be a loose fix because Churchill had had trouble with his teeth, ever since [he was] a child.
"He always had a sort of speech impediment, which gave him a slight lisp when he was public speaking, and this denture was designed to compensate."
He added that some of Churchill's most famous speeches "could have been made over the top of these teeth - I think that's a rather spooky feeling".