Globe Owned by Hitler to Be Auctioned

Relic from Eagles Nest shows inked-in path from Europe to US
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2007 2:49 PM CDT
John Barsamian, 91, of Oakland, Calif., looks over the top of a shipping crate he used to send home a globe at left, that was once Adolf Hitler's, at the Greg Martin auction house in San Francisco, Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A globe belonging to Adolf Hitler and marked with possible remnants of strategic planning is going up for auction, the Independent reports. A US officer found it in Hitler's Bavarian retreat, known as Eagle's Nest. Although there had already been extensive looting, the soldier saw it sitting on a desk and shipped it home to California. It's been in his basement ever since.

The globe is marked by a few lines in red, blue, and green ink, some of which mark a path from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean, giving rise to speculation that the globe was used to plot a possible invasion of the US. It is being offered next month by Greg Martin Auctions of San Francisco with an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.