Ches. City auctioneer featured in 9/11 TV program
— Bill Panagopulos doesn’t shy from the limelight, but even he understood the importance of being connected to a TV program on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The Chesapeake City auctioneer is well-known in the industry for his wealth of historical knowledge, especially military history, as well as his propensity to not shy away from the controversial, frequently auctioning off Nazi memorabilia.
Panagopulos is no stranger
to TV too, having been featured in British and French documentaries on the health of Adolf Hitler and several episodes of “Brad Meltzer’s Lost History” on the History Channel subsidiary H2.
“One of the Lost History episodes was trying to track down a photo album given to Hitler by (Italian dictator Benito) Mussolini that one of the Band of Brothers had gotten out of Hitler’s home,” he said. “They’ve also interviewed me about (John F. Kennedy assassin) Lee Harvey Oswald and other topics about whether items were authentic and what they would be worth, etc.”
In 2015, the History Channel came calling for his historical knowledge as a part of a program on the discovery of the “9/11 flag,” or the American flag raised by firefighters over the rubble of the World Trade Centers in New York City that mysteriously went missing soon after. An unknown man delivered the flag and its rigging to a firehouse in Washington state in October 2014, which kicked off two investigations into its authenticity — one
Bill Panagopulos, owner of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, was featured in the History Channel’s program on the missing 9/11 flag.