Bonhams employees play on a Louis XV/XV1 Macassar Ebony and Ivory inlaid Tric Trac table. Bonhams' annual Gentleman's Library Sale in London on Jan 18 will see the auction house sell of a quirky mix of art, furnishings and curiosities. [All images courtesy of Getty Images]
A collection of Sir Winston Churchill's wartime cigars will go under the hammer, including a partially smoked cigar that, according to Bonhams, was left at the dentist's office "after a visit in the late-1950s and retained by the receptionist."
A Nelson mourning ring, one of 58 made to commemorate the death of Lord Nelson, is displayed ahead of Bonhams' sale
The Gentleman’s Library sale is a collection of weird, wonderful and practical items from a range of historic periods
The tiller bar from Arthur Ransomes yacht 'Nancy Blackett' is expected to attract attention during the sale\n
Bonhams employee Victoria Livesey looks at a Gregorian Reflecting Telescope from the early 19th century.
Bonhams is also offering a George III gold and enamel "mourning ring" (expected to sell for $12,000 to $19,000), given to Dr. William Beatty, who attended to Nelson when he was mortally wounded in the Battle of Trafalgar
Three paintings by Edward Windred are among the items set to go under the hammer at the London auction house