Nazi auction: Cigars made for Adolf Hitler's deputy Hermann Goering up for sale

Cigars expected to fetch between £800 and £1,200

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A collection of cigars tailor-made for Hermann Goering have gone on sale.

The cigars, which are expected to fetch between £800 and £1,200 at auction later today, were removed from cellars in the Brandenburg home of Adolf Hitler's deputy at the end of the Second World War.

They are held in boxes bearing 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 box.

The cigars will go under the hammer at an auction at Golding Young and Mawer auctioneers in Lincoln on behalf of a private vendor who inherited the cigars from a relative.

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. They have been consigned for sale by a local private vendor who inherited them from a relative.

"These unusual items are in untouched condition and are certain to attract collectors of cigars and Third Reich memorabilia."

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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