Lot 1018

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An impossibly rare item to obtain, a bottle of wine from Adolf Hitler's personal wine cellar at his mountain retreat, the Berghof. The bottle, now but half-full (and certainly not drinkable), is a 1934 St. Emilion bearing a paper label so stating, with an image of the church at St. Emilion and indicating that the wine came from "Frankenreich". The bottle is enclosed in a wire cage holding it at a slight tilt, which may have been added later. This item was purchased for inclusion in the Lattimer collection, from militaria dealers Mohawk Arms who have over fifty years experience. Provenance available to potential bidders includes a copy of Mohawk's 1975 catalog illustrated listing describing their ten-year search for accredited Hitler-owned items that resulted in only 19 items, of which this bottle is one, and noting that it came from the Berghof. They state: "...In 1945 a team of U.S. Army demolition experts were dispatched to the Berghof to completely destroy the Hitler summer residence. One of the G.I.s placed one of the bottles from the cellar in his jacket before the entire building was completely destroyed (with its contents). He then smuggled the bottle home...". Accreditation mentioned in the description has been lost, but present is a copy of Mohawk's 1975 letter to the purchaser and invoice for the wine.

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May 14, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
Stamford, CT, US

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