AN ARMCHAIR that once belonged to a television journalist and was part of the set of a major political programme has gone under the hammer.

Sir David Frost’s armchair in which he hosted BBC’s Breakfast with Frost from 1993 until 2005 has today sold for £260 at Northallerton Auctions.

The yellow armchair saw Sir David interview many of the world’s leaders including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes and Vladimir Putin.

The veteran broadcaster also famously won an admission from former US president Richard Nixon that had let his country down over the Watergate affair.

When the show came to an end the armchair was won in a raffle by a North Yorkshire resident who has decided to sell it after downsizing his property.

Northallerton Auctions’ company secretary Brian Weighell said: “This was a very interesting and unusual piece so we were glad to have it.

“There was a reserve of £250 on it so the vendor is happy with the price. I know the buyer is a dealer but I’m not sure what she will want to do with it yet.

“We had more interest from the media than we did from members of the public though. We have not really seen anything like this in terms of its history at the auction mart before.”