Swedish TV duo quaff Hitler champagne in Kamprad tribute
Published: 25 Aug 2011 15:16 GMT+02:00 Updated: 25 Aug 2011 15:16 GMT+02:00
Swedish TV comedy pair Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson cracked open a bottle of champagne once belonging to Adolf Hitler on Wednesday.
"Some sort of tribute, of course, to Ingvar Kamprad," said Fredrik Wikingsson on Wednesday's episode of "Breaking News", referring to the Ikea founder whose links to the Swedish Nazi movement have courted further interest this week.
The bottle of champagne dates from 1937 and the zany duo "Filip and Fredrik", as they are known, acquired the item at auction in the UK a few years ago in connection with the filming of a previous TV show.
The pair invested 23,000 kronor ($3,640) on the bottle which was discovered in Hitler's bunker in Berlin at the end of the war in 1945.
Among the guests invited to share a toast in honour of the under fire Ikea figure head included wine expert Edward Blom, as well as Swedish pensioner Eskil Carlsson, who gained nationwide attention this week after he treated his neighbours to a cut of beef which had been stored in a glass jar for over 70 years.
After an extended struggle to open the vintage bottle, and a great deal of dithering after reports that the bottle was said to contain cyanide, the assembled hosts and guests were all given a taste.
"Hitler's corpse in the Russian archives is probably nicer," was Edward Blom's assessment.
Filip Hammar concluded that the hefty sum shelled out for the morbid memo of the Nazi dictator was not money well spent and much of the champagne was in turn left to fester in the Ikea glasses which had been symbolically acquired for the occasion.
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