"A bottle of beer rescued from the crash of the Hindenburg recently sold
at auction for over $16,000 according to This is Wiltshire in the UK. This
is significantly above the estimate placed on the bottle of $4,000 - $8,000.
The airship crashed on May 6, 1937 over Lakehurst, New Jersey where
the bottle and other memorabilia was found by fire Chief Leroy Smith
at the scene of the disaster.
Apparently the fire chief found a total of six scorched bottles and a pitcher
at the scene. He buried his treasures and then came back afterward to dig
them up and hand them out as souvenirs to his colleagues. No one knows
where the other bottles are located except for one, which chief Smith gave
to the Lowenbrau brewery in 1977, where it remains today. He kept one
bottle and the pitcher, which bears the logo of the Deutsche Zeppelin Reedrei
airline that operated the Hindenburg. Both pieces are scorched and were sold
with letters of provenance and an account of how the items were acquired."
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