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Adolf Hitler artworks fetch €400,00 at auction

David Kearns

Published 22/06/2015 | 13:56

A painting of Neuschwanstein Castle, a watercolor signed by Adolf Hitler Credit: Christof Stache (Getty Images)
A painting of Neuschwanstein Castle, a watercolor signed by Adolf Hitler Credit: Christof Stache (Getty Images)

The art work of Adolf Hitler has fetched almost €400,000 at an auction in Germany.

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Fourteen watercolor paintings and drawings by the former Nazi leader were sold to an anonymous bidder, reports the German news service Deutsche-Presse Agentur,

A painting of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria fetched the highest price at Saturday's sale, selling to a Chinese buyer for €100,000.

A still-life of carnations, signed by Hitler, fetched €72,000 at the Nuremberg event.

The signature reading 'A Hitler, 1910' at the watercolour
The signature reading 'A Hitler, 1910' at the watercolour "Nelkenstrauss" Credit: Christof Stache (Getty Images)

Bidders included private investors from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, France and Germany.

Although he is considered a mediocre artist, the early work by the future dictator always commands high prices when they go under the hammer, said Weidler Auctioneers.

The art dates from 1904 to 1922 when the Nazi leader worked as a street artist in Vienna and Prague following his time as a solider in World War One.

Despite a ban on Nazi symbols, Hitler’s paintings can be sold under German law provided they do not display any connection to the political leader’s former regime.

The Nazi party ruled Germany as a fascist dictatorship from 1933 to 1945 and was responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people, including jews, gays, gypsies and political dissidents, during the Second World War.

Last year the same auction house sold a watercolour painted by Hitler in 1914 for €129,000 to an unnamed buyer from the Middle East.

The watercolour
The watercolour "Prague in the Fog", painted by Hitler from about 100 years ago Credit: Christof Stache (Getty Images)

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