BOSTON — A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over $12,000 during an online auction.

Boston-based RR Auction said the 4-inch cigar was bought Wednesday by a collector from Palm Beach, Florida.

The auction company said Churchill smoked the cigar on May 11, 1947, at Le Bourget Airport. Included in the auction was a photo signed by the prime minister that shows him with the cigar in his hand at the airport.

RR Auction said a British airman, Cpl. William Alan Turner, kept the cigar after his crew flew Churchill to and from Paris.