Beer Bottle from Hindenburg Crash to be Auctioned

A bottle of Lowenbrau beer and a milk pitcher reportedly salvaged from the crash of LZ-129 Hindenburg will be auctioned (see Lots 206 and 207) on Saturday, November 14th by the British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son.

Bottle of Lowenbrau beer reportedly salvaged from wreck of the LZ-129 HindenburgAccording to the auction catalog, the bottle of Lowenbrau was “recovered by local Fire Chief Leroy Smith of the Matawan Fire Department New Jersey, along with 5 others which he handed out to each of his colleagues. The whereabouts of all of these bottles with the exception of one is unknown…. The example being offered for auction is sealed, with some of its original label and shows evidence of heat damage. This lot is sold with a provenance package which include correspondence from the Lowenbrau brewery regarding the bottle of beer donated to their Museum, press cuttings and signed copy of a letter of provenance and an account of how Fire Chief Smith came to acquire the bottle.”

The auction house is also offering an an electro-plated milk pitcher also recovered from the Hindenburg crash site by Fire Chief Smith of the Matawan.  The pitcher has the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei logo and shows signs of extreme heat damage.

Milk pitcher reportedly salvaged from crash site of LZ-129 HindenburgThe BBC and UK Telegraph report that the bottle of beer is being offered with an estimated price of £5,000, and the milk pitcher has an estimate of £12,000.

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The combined value has got to be at least 20,000 USD.