Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Goering's cigars sell for £1,300

Hermann Goering, whose cigars have sold for £1,300 at auction

A collection of cigars made for Hitler's deputy, Hermann Goering, has sold for £1,300.

The cigars, removed from the cellars of the Nazi officer's home in Brandenburg, Germany, at the end of the Second World War, were expected to fetch between £800 and £1,200.

The boxes bear the words "Sondernfetigung Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering", which means "Specially made for Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering".

Goering's initials, his personal coat of arms and the supplier's name, Gildemann Ltd, Cigar Manufacturers, Berlin-Hamburg, are also printed on the boxes.

The cigars, described as being in "untouched condition", were sold to a commission bidder in the UK at an auction at Golding Young & Mawer in Lincoln.

They were sold on behalf of a private vendor, who inherited the cigars from a relative.

Speaking before the sale, auctioneer John Leatt said: "These cigars were specially made for the Fuhrer's deputy and, by the vendor's family repute, were removed from the cellars of his home in Brandenburg, near Berlin, after the end of the war."

After the Second World War, Goering was tried at the Nuremburg Trials and found guilty of war crimes.

He was sentenced to death by hanging, but committed suicide by ingesting a cyanide capsule while waiting to be executed.

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