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Adolf Hitler Watercolor Fetches $161,000 From Secret Buyer

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The watercolor painting 'Altes Rathaus' (lit.: Old Town Hall) which was supposedly painted by Adolf Hitler, is shown at an auction house in Nuremberg, Germany, 20 November 2014. (Daniel Karmann/EPA/Landov)

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 09:03 AM

Adolf Hitler may have been rejected by the Vienna Art Academy, and he struggled as an artist early in life, but one of his signed watercolor paintings has just been auctioned for $161,000 to a private party in the Middle East. Other paintings by Hitler have also brought significant prices.

The painting, entitled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen," or "Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich" in English, received attention from bidders around the world, in Asia and America, Nuremberg auctioneer Kathrin Weidler told Reuters. The painting is one of roughly 2,000 Hitler painted from 1905 to 1920 as a young artist, according to the news agency.

Weidler told Reuters the painting came with the original handwritten bill of sale, dated Sept. 25, 1916, which could explain the reason for the high selling price. Weidler said the sellers agreed to donate around 10 percent of the proceeds to a charity that helps disabled children.

The German English-language publication The Local wrote that two German sisters from Hesse decided to sell the painting, believed to be painted by Hilter in either 1914 or 1915. The Local reported that the women's grandfather initially purchased the painting.

"We're expecting a four- or five-figure sale price," a spokesperson for the auction house said before the sale.

The Local reported that the Hitler painting was kept by the owner in Thuringia before it was smuggled out of what was then East Germany to Hesse. Along with the original bill of sale, the painting also came with a certificate of its authenticity from Albert Bormann, brother of Hitler's later chief of staff Martin Bormann.

The watercolor painting was the fifth Hitler painting the Weidler auction house has sold to collectors, which have gone to individuals inside as well as outside of Germany. The newspaper said Hitler paintings are allowed to be sold as long as they do not have Nazi symbols on them.

The New York Times reported that other Hitler paintings have sold for $60,000 while a British auction house sold 13 others for $143,000.


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Adolf Hitler may have been rejected by the Vienna Art Academy, and he struggled as an artist early in life, but one of his signed watercolor paintings has just been auctioned for $161,000 to a private party in the Middle East. Other paintings by Hitler have also brought significant prices.
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