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Culture

Paintings by Hitler sell for over 100,000 euros

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Video by Regane RANUCCI , James CREEDON

Latest update : 2009-04-25

Thirteen watercolour paintings by Adolf Hitler have been sold at an auction house in Shropshire, western England, for over 100,000 euros. They had reportedly been forgotten by their owner in his garage until around two months ago.

AFP - A series of watercolours by Adolf Hitler were sold at a British auction house on Thursday for over 100,000 euros.

The 13 paintings, most of them landscapes and found in a garage earlier this year by the seller, went for 95,589 pounds (about 107,000 euros or 140,000 dollars) at auctioneers Mullock's.

An apparent self-portrait showing a man with a side-parting sitting on a stone bridge, and signed with the initials A.H., sold for 10,000 pounds at the auction at Ludlow in western England.

Richard Westwood-Brookes of the auctioneers -- who had earlier said the pictures "are hardly Picasso" -- said the final price, which included buyer's premium, was a surprise.

"I am very pleased. I thought they would go for between five and six thousand," he said.

The paintings date back to between 1908 and about 1914, when the former German leader was a young man trying to earn a living as an artist in Vienna.

"Unfortunately for the world, he was not accepted into the Vienna Academy, which was where he wanted to be," Westwood-Brookes said.

"Of course, if he had been accepted, then we would have known him today as an artist and not as an evil tyrant."

Westwood-Brookes said the seller bought them from someone who found them in 1945.

Many of the works are signed with the initials "A.H." The sale also included a collection of official Nazi magazines for schoolboys and women, featuring knitting patterns and recipes.

In 2006, 21 of Hitler's works were sold in Britain for 118,000 pounds.

Date created : 2009-04-23

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