Box of cigars made specially for Hitler`s deputy Hermann Goring to be sold at auction
A box of cigars made for Hitler's deputy, Hermann Goring, are expected to fetch up to £500 when they go under the hammer at auction.
Groomed as the Fuhrer's successor, Goring loved to entertain lavishly at his grand manor house and was seldom seen without a glass of fine wine and a cigar in his hand.
Immensely powerful, he amassed a huge personal fortune by seizing scores of properties, looting art collections and enjoyed the life of an aristocrat on his vast estate in the Schorfheide Forest in Brandenburg, near Berlin.
But as Luftwaffe commander-in-chief, Goring was humiliated by the RAF's destruction of cities like Hamburg and Cologne.
And in 1946 he took his own life with a cyanide capsule the night before he was due to hang after he was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg.
Now 65 years after his death, the box of cigars specially-made for Goring are expected to fetch up to £500 when they go under the hammer at a militaria sale held by auctioneers Dreweatts in London on September 20th.
The box which once contained ten cigars has two cigars left, still in their original silver foil wrapping inside glass tubes sealed with a cork.
On the lid it carries the words 'Sondernfertigung Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring' - meaning 'specially made for Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring'
The cigar box also bears Goring's initials HG, his personal coat of arms - and the name of the suppliers Gildemann Ltd., Cigar Manufacturers Berlin-Hamburg.
Dreweatts' militaria expert Malcolm Claridge said: 'Goring was an imposing figure and he liked to be called 'The Iron Man.'
'He lived an extravagant lifestyle, entertaining lavishly, eating the finest food, drinking the finest wines and travelling in an aviation blue Mercedes 540K cabriolet which was known as 'The Blue Goose.'
'Goring was frequently photographed smoking a cigar and to find these cigars which were specially made for him 65 years after his death is like holding history in your hand.'
The auction also includes a rare signed black and white photograph of Goring, which is estimated to fetch £200 to £300.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Source: Mail Online