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UK: Wines hidden from Nazis to be auctioned

21 Feb 2009 5:02 AM

LONDON, Feb 20 AP - The Nazis have long since gone and it may be time at last to pop the corks.

Bonhams auction house is selling 1,500 bottles of rare wine that were hidden from the Nazis when they occupied the Channel Islands during World War II.

The wine from the Guernsey-based Bucktrout & Co was tucked away in a secret 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.

Bonhams said on Friday the March 17th auction includes 1,500 bottles, including a Harvey's 1897 Special Quality Port valued between STG100 ($A221.78) and STG200 ($A443.56).

The owners are selling the collection because they're moving to smaller quarters.