THE only known poem written by Sir Winston Churchill as an adult went unsold at an auction.
The former Prime Minister attended Harrow School, and during his time there he won an award for poetry.
The poem that went on auction on April 10, a two page, 40-line work written in blue crayon entitled Our Modern Watchwords, was hoped to fetch up to £15,000 at Bonhams auction house at their New Bond Street branch in London.
However the poem, which is believed to be written by Churchill in either 1899 or 1900 while he served abroad as a cavalry officer, went unsold.
Bonhams auction house told the Observer that the unsold poem will now return to the vendor.
Churchill won a poetry competition as a schoolboy at Harrow School after joining them at the age of 12 in 1887.
Churchill returned to the school many times in his life and the school maintains close ties with his family.
A school spokesman said: “Churchill’s presence is felt whenever we reflect on the values of leadership, which we often do as we prepare our boys for life after school.
“He remains an inspirational figure.”