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Hitler flower painting to be auctioned for $30,000

March 23rd, 2015

Anyone doubting the banality of evil would be wise to take a long look at this 1912 watercolour by Adolf Hitler, which is due to be auctioned on March 26 with a starting price of $ 30,000.

The painting, a still life of flowers in a pitcher, features Hitler’s signature, and is being sold by Nate D Saunders, a memorabilia collector.

The previous owner has not been identified. It is thought that Hitler would have been 24 or 25 at the time of painting.

The Telegraph’s art critic Alastair Smart says of the piece, “The work is of no intrinsic, artistic worth whatsoever. The only vague point of interest might be that, unlike the iffy watercolours of Vienna city we associate with Hitler the painter, this rarity is an iffy watercolour of a pitcher of azalias.”

The watercolour features Hitler’s signature

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The last Hitler painting sold at auction was an architectural watercolour of Munich Hall, which sold for $ 161,000 in 2014.

This painting signed by A. Hitler is called “The Old City Hall”

Hitler began painting in 1908 when he moved to Vienna. He was twice rejected by the Vienna Academy of Art, but had a supporter in Samuel Morgenstern, a Jewish art dealer, who sold several of Hitler’s paintings to wealthy Viennese Jewish clients.

Hitler moved to Munich in 1913, having been unable to make a living as a painter.

The Nazis later seized Morgenstern’s gallery, and he was deported to the Lodz Ghetto, where he died in 1943. This flower painting has Morgenstern’s stamp on the back.

Evacuation of the sick and aged by horse-drawn cart, 1942, Lodz Ghetto (Henryk Ross/Copyright Art Gallery of Ontario)

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Dambusters’ bouncing bomb sight and marbles to be auctioned

January 10th, 2015

The sight was designed by Wing Cdr C L Dann and was used by bomb aimer Pilot Officer John Fort on board the AJ-J, the fifth aircraft to attack the dam, piloted by Flt Lt David Maltby.

It was the “bouncing bomb” guided by this sight which breached the Mohne dam and flooded the western Ruhr region.

It was passed to David Maltby’s father, Ettrick, after the raid and placed in the museum of prep school Hydneye House, East Sussex, which he owned and ran.

When the school was sold in the mid-1950s it was passed on to the new headmaster and eventually to the current owner, a former pupil.

Humberts is also offering the map light and parallelogram used by Sgt Vivian Nicholson, Matlby’s navigator on the same aircraft, as well as four of the marbles used by Sir Barnes Wallis to design the bouncing bomb.

A leather collar box which belonged to Wing Cdr Guy Gibson, the commanding officer for the mission, is the fifth item on offer.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said the items were the “most spine-tingling and historical” he has offered for sale.

He said they were “synonymous with heroism of the highest order”.

The International Militaria Auction will take place on 20 January.

The raid came at a tragically high price – eight of the 19 Lancasters were shot down or damaged, and of the 133 air crew, 53 were killed and three were captured.

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Nazi memorabilia from Nuremberg trials to be auctioned, in pictures

September 26th, 2014

Several private collections of mementos from the World War II era are being auctioned through the Alaska Auction Company in Anchorage, Alaska

Above: a small Hitler propaganda booklet

Picture: AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro

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