Friday, 24 Apr, 2009 Current Events

Hitler Paintings Raised Big Money at Auction


The set of paintings and sketches created by the young Adolf Hitler were sold at an auction in Britain for 97,672 pounds ($143,358), including premium, which is much more than it was estimated before sales started.

There were 15 paintings of Hitler presented at the auction, one of them being a portrait of a lonely figure dressed in brown gazing into wine-colored waters. The portrait features a signature that reads "A. Hitler" and includes the year 1910. Above the solitary character in the painting there is an inscription that reads "A.H."

Commenting on the painting Richard Westwood-Brookes, historical documents expert at auction house Mullocks that managed the sale, said that he doesn't think the paintings are fakes, because he doubts that there's someone who would have the nerve to fake such paintings.

The upper mentioned picture was purchased by John Ratledge, 46, for 10,000 pounds, which is about $14,600.

According to Westwood-Brookes, the pictures were sold to the vendor by a soldier from Britain's Royal Manchester Regiment in 1945 in the German city of Essen, reports Discovery News.

It is worth mentioning that during his time Hitler remained an unsuccessful painter, though he managed to become the author of hundreds of paintings. However, in the 21st century his works attracted high bids. For example, in 2006 his sketches raised over 100,000 pounds at an auction that took place in the small town of Lostwithiel, located in southwestern England.

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