Hitler Painting Sells for $162K
Watercolor goes for 3 times as much as expected
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2014 6:42 AM CST
This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo shows the signature "A. Hitler" on a picture titled “The Old City Hall” that was painted by Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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(Newser) – The work of one of Europe's most infamous onetime struggling artists sold for $162,000 at auction yesterday, nearly three times its expected sales price. The watercolor depicting Munich's old city hall is rather unremarkable but for the "A. Hitler" signature on the bottom left; it's one of some 2,000 paintings Adolf Hitler produced in his lifetime, and is believed to date from 1914—about two decades before his rise to power. Though Hitler's art often pops up, the AP notes that this one is notable because it includes the original 1916 bill of sale, as well as a letter from Hitler adjutant Albert Bormann. That likely drove the sale price, adds NBC; an unnamed buyer from the Middle East took home the painting. It had been expected to sell for $60,000.