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The family of Lady Soames has gifted to the British government a collection of 37 paintings by Winston Churchill that are valued at more than £9.4 million. The gift is in lieu of the inheritance taxes that were incurred upon the death last year of Lady Soames, Churchill’s last surviving child. The paintings include Churchill’s View From a Bathing Hut at the Miami Surf Club (1946), currently on display at the Churchill War Rooms, and Coast Scene near Cannes (1935), currently hanging in the House of Commons. The remaining 35 paintings are on display at Chartwell. The paintings will remain at their current locations where they can be viewed by the public. Beyond the Churchill paintings, the gift also includes a Sir John Lavery portrait of Churchill from 1915 and the Aly Khan Gold Cup, which was won by Churchill’s race horse High Hat in 1961. A report on the gift is available at the BBC News web site.

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