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

(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. (Read more Adolf Hitler stories.)

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