Swatch of fabric from Hindenburg sells for more than $36K

Canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg, the German airship that exploded on May 6, 1937, in New Jersey. The disaster claimed 36 lives. RR Auction image

BOSTON (AP) – A swatch of canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg has sold for more than $36,000 at auction.

Boston-based RR Auction says the piece of red cotton canvas was picked up at the disaster site by a teenager whose father was working the dock when the German airship exploded on May 6, 1937 in New Jersey.

The auction house says a known collector of Americana, who does not want to be identified, paid $36,282 for the 6.25-by-5-inch piece of fabric at the auction Feb. 7. The preauction estimate was $4,000-$5,000.

Auction officials say the piece is unusual because it is not gray, like most of the canvas from the airship, and must have come from the giant Nazi flags that were emblazoned on the tailfins.
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