Rare edition of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' sold in Britain

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It was bought by a telephone bidder from Russia at a sale by auctioneers in England, that included other Hitler memorabilia.

London – A signed, early edition of Adolf Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ sold at auction in Britain on Thursday for GBP 21,000 (USD 35,000, EUR 24,000), the auctioneers said.

It was bought by a telephone bidder from Russia at the sale organised by Mullock's auctioneers in Ludlow, northwestern England, in which a signed self-portrait by the Nazi leader also fetched GBP 12,300.

The copy of ‘Mein Kampf’, dated 1925, is inscribed with a dedication to Georg Maurer, who Hitler met in Landsberg Prison in Germany while serving a sentence for treason after the failed 1923 Beer Hall Putsch uprising in Munich.

Hitler wrote the book while in jail. The title means ‘My Struggle’ in English, although he originally wanted to call it ‘Four And A Half Years Of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity And Cowardice’.

Maurer was a local Nazi official who later fell out with Hitler after giving a list of Nazi supporters to a Marxist newspaper.

The book, which outlines Hitler's extreme anti-Semitic ideology, initially had a small print run but during his time as German leader from 1933 to 1945, it was enormously popular.

The book was even given out free to newly married couples in Nazi Germany.

Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullock's described the book as "very, very, very rare", telling AFP: "There's this incredible interest in Hitler.

"The bad boys in history are always the ones that people get really interested in."

The book was sold alongside a signed pencil self-portrait by Hitler, dated 1926, found by a British soldier in a house in Cologne in 1945. It was bought by a private British collector.

The amount paid for the book, which included buyer's premium, was slightly above the estimated price tag of GBP 20,000.

AFP / Expatica

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