Nov 20, 2014

Adolf Hitler’s Painting To Be Auctioned In Germany

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The Old Town Hall painted by Hitler in 1914

 By Tanveer Khadim

 The Town Hall painting signed by Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich leader, will go under the hammer this Saturday, November 22, in Nuremberg, Germany, the famous place of Nazi Party’s mass rallies during 1933 and 1938.

The watercolour artwork, titled “Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" illustrating Munich’s old town hall and civil registry office will be auctioned along with certificate of authenticity written by Albert Bormann, the brother of Martin Bormann, Hitler's head of staff, confirming that it was painted by Nazi leader, who ruled Germany between 1933 and 1945.

Measuring around 8.5 x 11 inches, the art piece will be sold along with an unusual original handwritten bill of sale (invoice) dated September 25, 1916 – a distinctive mark of Hitler’s art. 

The original handwritten bill of sale

The owners are two anonymous sisters in their 70s from west-central Germany. Their grandfather purchased it in 1916 from Munich gallery.

The painting will be auctioned with a starting price of 4,500 euros (approx $5,500), however, auctioneer Kathrin Weidler expects it to fetch much higher amount – up to 50,000 euros. Some portion of the earnings will be donated to disabled children, according to the Weidler Auction House.

In the past, Hitler’s art pieces were sold for around 118,000 pounds – more than the estimated figure.

Adolf Hitler

As an aspiring artist, Hitler produced more than two thousand artworks including drawings and sketches during 1905 to 1920, mostly comprised of more or less same subject. He loved to paint dreamy landscapes, self portrait and flowers, particularly roses. Art critics do not consider his work artistically inspiring.

In his autobiography "Mein Kampf", the Nazi Fuhrer wrote that his aspirations of becoming a fine artist were shattered when he was twice turned down by the Vienna’s prestigious Academy of Fine Art in 1907 and 1908.

The international bidders from America, Japan and Asia already showed their interest in the painting which was created before World War I, most probably in 1914 when Hitler was a struggling artist and not interested in politics.

Source: The Fusion Diary