Hundreds of items survived the Hindenburg zeppelin's 1937 conflagration in New Jersey. Among them are scorched but otherwise intact bottles of Löwenbräu beer, six of which Leroy Smith, a fireman at the scene, buried there and later unearthed. Smith gave five bottles to associates. One was subsequently donated to the Löwenbräu brewery, where it remains on display. Another was purchased for $16,000 in 2009, making it "the most valuable bottle of beer ever sold," according to its auctioneer. That bottle was again put up for bid late last year, but the sale price was not widely reported.