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Hitler's Champagne at auction

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Swedish presenters snap-up Adolf Hitler's poisoned' 1937 Moet et Chandon at auction

The two presenters bought the Champagne for a programme they are making about dictators.

However, one of the presenters, Fredrick Wikingsson, said he would not be drinking the Champagne because of the rumours it may have been poisoned.

"We will not be playing Russian Roulette with it," he said.

Germans are believed to have injected cyanide through the corks of some of the best wines in the Berlin cellar when they knew their situation was hopeless.

An unnamed solider acquired the Champagne from Hitler's personal wine cellar in the Reich Chancellery in 1945. He never opened it and gave it to solicitor Nigel Wilson as a gift 15 years ago.

Wilson put the Champagne up for sale at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne Dorset, where it went under the hammer for 1,400.

The Nazi dictator was teetotal.