A bottle of beer found in the wreckage of the Hindenburg explosion in 1937 was auctioned off and the winning bid was over $16,000. This is the highest priced bottle of beer to date, according to abcnews.com.
The heavily singed bottle of Lowenbrau has only lost about 20% of its savory contents through evaporation, but as auctioneer Andrew Aldridge put it, “you wouldn’t like to drink it, let me put it that way. It would taste putrid.” For collectors of Hindenburg memorabilia though, I doubt drinking the scorched Lowenbrau would even be a thought.
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. Mr. Smith found six bottles of Lowenbrau beer and a pitcher intact on the scene of the crash. He buried his secret find so he could collect them later, as the area had been sealed off by the authorities. Mr Smith gave the other five bottles to his colleagues. Most of the others are now lost, although one was given to the Lowenbrau company after the death of Mr Smith’s friend.