Winston Churchill's Miami Beach painting sells for $253,500

A painting of Miami Beach by Winston Churchill sold for £192,000 ($253,574) at Boningtons in Essex,UK on July 27.

He painted the piece while on a well-earned holiday to Miami in 1946 - the first he took after the second world war.   

Miami painting Churchill
The painting shows a view of the Venetian Causeway at Miami Beach 

While in Florida he and his wife stayed with an old friend, Colonel Frank W Clarke.

Churchill only started painting in his 40s, but it soon became one of his great passions.

Even during the trials and tribulation of war he found time to lose himself in his compositions.

He explained: "We must not be too ambitious. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We just content ourselves with a joy ride in a paintbox."

While he would have been the first to describe himself as a hobbyist rather than a master, there have been some significant sales of his work in recent years.

Most notable is a piece titled The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, which sold for a record £1.8m ($2.8m) at Sotheby's in 2014.

A spokesperson for Boningtons told the Daily Mail: "Winston Churchill has been reassessed as a painter over the years.

"Among experts he has become thought of as a genuine talent and a quality artist…

"The market for his art is strong at the moment. American buyers are particularly fond of his art, we would certainly expect the Miami landscape to go to the States."

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