Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Hitler's champagne up for auction

A bottle of champagne believed to have been taken from Hitler's wine cellar by an allied soldier is being auctioned.

The prized bottle of 1937 Moet and Chandon goes under the hammer at Charterhouse auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset on 17 August. But the auctioneers say champagne does not age well and the tipple is unlikely to be drinkable.

A soldier as a thank you gift for some legal work gave the bottle to solicitor Nigel Wilson 15 years ago.

It is expected to fetch hundreds of pounds.

Charterhouse valuer, Chris Copson said, they believed the bottle was retrieved by a soldier it from the ruins of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin after the Nazis were defeated in May 1945.

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