Hitler’s paintings sell for €391,000 in Germany

Fourteen paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler have been sold for about €391,000 in Nuremberg, Germany

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Fourteen paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler were auctioned for total of €391,000 in Nuremberg, Germany, at an auction. The pieces sold at the Weidler auction house. 

A view of Bavaria’s famous fairytale castle painting “Neuschwanstein” was sold for the highest price of €100,000 and a still life painting of a bunch of carnations was sold for €73,000 at the auction on Saturday.

Weidler auction house said the bidders were investors from China, France, Brazil, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

All the other works, signed “A Hitler,” were all painted or drawn between 1904 and 1922 and included views of various buildings in Vienna, an image of Prague in the fog, and a female nude.

Some question as to the morality auctioning Hitler’s paintings was raised, but there are no restrictions legally for the sale of Hitler’s artwork unless the pieces contain Nazi symbols.

The Weidler auction house has previously defended the sale of Hitler’s work saying they represented historical documents. 

Hitler’s art career started when he moved to Vienna in 1908, at the age of 18, to pursue a career as an artist. 

But he was twice rejected from the Vienna Academy of Art so as a struggling artist Hitler made his small living by selling his drawings to tourists.

According to art historians, Hitler had no style of his own as a painter and generally just copied other painters artworks to sell them on the streets. Today, it is very difficult to be sure what is produced by Hitler as there are many forgeries in the market.

TRTWorld and agencies