A swatch of canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg has sold for more than $US36,000 ($49,823) 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 ($50,210) for the 12.7cm by 15.9cm piece of fabric during yesterday’s auction.
The pre-auction estimate was up to $5000.
Auction officials say the piece is unique because it is not grey, like most of the canvas from the airship, and must have come from the giant Nazi flags emblazoned on the tailfins. AP