Hitler’s art auctioned: Hitler Paintings Auction

Published: June 22, 2015

Hitler’s art auctioned: Hitler Paintings Auction, Fourteen watercolours and drawings by Adolf Hitler have fetched a total of €391,000 (£280,000) at a controversial auction in Nuremberg.

A view of Bavaria’s famous fairytale castle Neuschwanstein brought the highest price of €100,000 (£71,500) at the auction on Saturday, while a still life of a bunch of carnations fetched €73,000. The other works, all painted or drawn between 1904 and 1922, and most of which are signed “A Hitler”, included views of various buildings in Vienna, an image of Prague in the fog, and a female nude.

According to the Weidler auction house, the bidders were investors in China, France, Brazil, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. Auctioneer Kathrin Weidler told DPA news agency: “These collectors do not specialise in this painter, but have a general interest in high-value art.”

There is no law against the sale of Hitler’s art works in Germany as long as they do not show any Nazi symbols, but press commentators have questioned the morality of allowing such auctions to go ahead.

The Weidler auction house has previously defended the sale of Hitler’s paintings on the grounds that they represented “historical documents”. In November 2014, Weidler also sold Hitler’s painting of a Munich register office for €130,000 – the high price was attributed to the original sales bill that came with it.

In 2009, Mullock’s auction house in Shropshire sold 15 of Hitler’s paintings for a total of £97,672.

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