For Sale: Portraits of Hitler's Parents
Expert says they are original, could go for $100K
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2011 8:32 AM CDT
GERMANY:Undated painting of German Chancellor and 'Reichsfnhrer' (chief) Adolf Hitler.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If, for some reason, you would really like a couple of original portraits of Adolf Hitler's dear old mom and dad (and you have $100,000) ... you're in luck. The portraits of Alois and Klara Hitler, missing since World War II ended, have been in the possession of a French family, now living in California, since the 1980s. The family got in touch with an expert who is helping them arrange an auction; he says the two portraits could bring in $100,000 or more, KTLA reports. The auction will begin Sept. 1 here.

"These portraits are not rare—they are one of kind. They're the only two that exist," says WWII memorabilia expert Craig Gottlieb. "So when it's the collector's one opportunity or the museum's one opportunity, sky is the limit." Gottlieb adds that he compared the portraits to photographs taken of them, and "they matched brush stroke for brush stroke. They are authentic. I would stake my entire reputation on it."