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Hitler Paintings to Fetch a Mint

Adolf's art expected to sell for more than $237K
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2010 11:46 AM CDT
Hitler Paintings to Fetch a Mint
Handout photo from Mullock's Auctioneers of a painting, believed to be a 1910 self portrait by Adolf Hitler and identified by the initials 'AH,' written beside the figure.   (AP Photo / Mullock's Auctioneers, ho)

(Newser) – Adolf Hitler, feared dictator and leader of the Nazis, was a struggling artist back in 1908—but now experts say a collection of his paintings could fetch more than $237,000 at auction. The watercolors, depicting views of farmland, villages, and factories, were discovered in an Austrian estate and will be sold Thursday, the Telegraph reports.

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The future fuhrer “tried to get into an academy in Vienna but had two applications turned down,” says an auction house rep. “He simply wasn't good enough. There's been a lot of research done into the rejections and some have labeled it as a turning point in history. If he'd been given a place in the academy the most we'd ever heard of Adolf Hitler would have been that he was a routine artist painting some nice landscapes.” Click here to see how much other Hitler paintings have sold for.
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