Hitler watercolours under the hammer in Germany

5th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

According to the catalogue of the Weidler auction house, bidding will start at 3,000 euros when the paintings go under the hammer.

Berlin -- Three signed watercolours by Adolf Hitler are to be sold at auction this month in Nuremberg in southern Germany, scene of the Nazi war crimes trials, a local paper reported.

The paintings from 1910 and 1911 are entitled "Zerschossene Muehle" ("Bullet-riddled Mill"), "Weissenkirchen in der Wachau" -- the Austrian town depicted -- and "Haus mit Bruecke am Fluss" ("House With A Bridge Over A River"), the Nuernberger Nachrichten reported.

According to the catalogue of the Weidler auction house, bidding will start at 3,000 euros (4,270 dollars) when the paintings go under the hammer on September 5.

In April, the same auction house sold two watercolours signed by the Nazi dictator to a private collector for 32,000 euros but some works have fetched much higher sums.

In 2006, 21 works sold in Britain for 118,000 pounds (126,000 euros, 171,000 dollars). And earlier this year, a series of Hitler watercolours were sold at a British auction house for over 100,000 euros.

As a young man, Hitler had pretensions as an artist, applying to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.

However, he failed to gain a place at the academy and was told his drawings showed a lack of talent.

He was advised to study architecture instead but refused to shelve his artistic ambitions, making money in his 20s by copying scenes from postcards and selling the results to tourists.

AFP/Expatica

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