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Set for Auction: Painting by Adolf Hitler

Town hall image could bring in $60K: auctioneer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2014 11:37 AM CST
Set for Auction: Painting by Adolf Hitler
This photo dated Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, shows a tiny, Hitler propaganda booklet at an auction house in Anchorage, Alaska. It's among World War II items, including carbon copies of Nuremberg trial transcripts, that are being auctioned off Saturday through the Alaska Auction Co.   (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)

(Newser) – A painting set for auction in Germany could bring in more than $60,000, though its artist isn't best known for his abilities with a brush. Adolf Hitler produced some 2,000 paintings between 1905 and 1920; he painted the "Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich" in 1914. His work isn't considered to be great artistically, Reuters reports, but the painting is "an historical document," says an auctioneer at the Weidler Auction House in Nuremberg.

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The sellers are two German sisters in their 70s. As for those upset by the idea of the sale, they "should just go ahead and get worked up about it," says the auctioneer. "They should take it up with the city of Nuremberg or with those who preserved it." And people do seem to be interested in the painting, she notes, particularly in "America, Japan, and across Asia." Previously, Hitler's paintings have sold for anywhere between about $6,200 and $100,000. Interestingly, the Telegraph reports, the sale of the dictator's painting will also mean some cash for charity: 10% of the sale goes to benefit disabled children. (Read more painting stories.)

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