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Bonhams to auction wines hidden from Nazis

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 5:34 pm in Corkheads.

Bonhams, a London auction house, is selling 1,500 bottles of rare wine, including bottles of Latour and Margaux from the 1920s, that were hidden from the Nazis when they occupied the Channel Islands during World War II. This Decanter story has some good details.

The auction is set for Friday, March 17.

The wine from the Guernsey-based Bucktrout & Co was tucked away in a chamber between the shop and a loading area. The chamber had been used to entertain clients privately, but was used to hide the rare vintages when the islands, between England and France, were occupied.

An 1897 Harvey’s Special Quality Port that is valued at $142 to $285 will also be auctioned off. Learn more about the auctioneers on the Bonhams web site.

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