HITLER’S ART PAINTS PICASSO INTO A CORNER
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A collection of 14 paintings, watercolours, and drawings by Adolf Hitler went under the hammer at the Weilder auction house in Nuremberg this weekend, collectively fetching €400,000 ($450,000).
The artworks were completed by the Reich President-Chancellor long before his party; the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) was elected by the German electorate in January 1933.
The most expensive work, which fetched €100,000, went to a buyer from China. The painting is of King Ludwig II Neuschwanstein Castle, which is now a popular tourist attraction. A floral still life sold for €73,000.
The unidentified buyers of the works, signed “A. Hitler,” came from all over the world, including Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Germany.
“These collectors are not specialised in works by this particular painter but rather have a general interest in high-value art,” said Kathrin Weidler of the auction house to DPA.
A watercolour from Hitler’s artistic oeuvre, The Old Town Hall (1914-15), was sold at Weilder’s last November for €130,000 ($147,444). A flower painting of his was withdrawn from auction when it failed to meet its reserve at Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia in Los Angeles in March of this year.
Michael Walsh, who researched, compiled and published ART OF ADOLF HITLER says the book quickly achieved best-seller status.
Hitler initially wanted to become an artist, and applied to the Vienna Academy of Art but was rejected on the grounds that his talents lay rather with architecture and architectural drawings. He went on to sell his paintings to tourists.
In an Oct 30, 1939, article in Life magazine, Hitler reportedly told a British ambassador at the time, “I am an artist and not a politician.” He continued, “One the Polish question is settled, I want to end my life as an artist.”
It is not illegal to sell the Reich Chancellor’s artworks in Germany as long as they do not bear any banned, related symbols.
MICHAEL WALSH is an internationally acclaimed journalist, author, poet and broadcaster shunned by liberal-left corporate media.
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