Hitler's wine up for auction
- Thursday 15 February 2007
The 1943 ‘Fuhrerwein’, a gift to Nazi generals to celebrate the Fuhrer’s 54th birthday, will be auctioned in Plymouth this weekend.
The bottle of Schwarzer Tafelwein was found in a garage in France and sold to an anonymous buyer in Devon, who is now hoping unopened bottle will fetch up to £500.
The wine’s front and back labels are in good condition and feature a photograph of Hitler in suit and tie, and the Nazi emblem.
Paul Keen, auctioneer at the Plymouth Auction Rooms in Devon, said of the German red, ‘Not only is it unusual, it is also extremely rare to find. It is the sort of thing that should appeal to collectors of Nazi wartime memorabilia.’
‘These bottles were given out to Hitler’s top-ranking officers on his birthday on 20 April, and this one was handed out in 1943.'
Mr Keen added ‘I have no moral issue in selling it on – it is merely an interesting piece from a period of history.’
There is an enduring interest in wine-related fascist memorabilia. Italian producer Alessandro Lunardelli recently caused controversy by selling wines themed with Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini labels to German tourists in Italy.