Lot 919: [Hitler Adolf]

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Lot 919: [Hitler Adolf]: (1889-1945) Fuhrer Of The Third Reich 1934-45. A Small (2 X 1) Swatch Of Green Coloured And Patterned Upholstery Fabric Removed From A Sofa In Adolf Hitler'S Fuhrerbunker By Sapper Billingsby Of No. 2 Platoon, 672 Army Company In July 1945 And Sent Home To His Parents. Accompanied By A Copy Of An A.L.S. By Billingsby, Two Pages, 4To, Berlin, 14Th July 1945, To His Mother And Father, On The Printed Stationery Of Hitler'S Chancellery ('Kanzlei Des Fuhrers Der Nsdap'). Billingsby Writes, In Part, 'I Am Very Pleased To Say We Are Getting Along Much Better Now. We Have Got Rid Of The Bugs Alright....Last Night Our Company Arranged A Trip Sight Seeing Into Berlin, Me And About 20 Of Our Fellows Went....We Visited The Place Where Hitler Spent The Last Few Hours. The Hitler Chancelery (Sic) A Most Wonderful Building I Have Ever Seen. The Russians Are Keeping Guard Over It But They Allowed Us In To Inspect The Inside. We Found Quite A Lot Of Usefull (Sic) Stuff. I Gathered Quite A Lot Of The Old Boys Writing Paper....You Will See A Bit Of German On The Top. The Whole Place Has Caught A Most Severe Battering, Most Of The Place Is All Ruins....I Can Tell You The Coventry People Can Certainly Rest Assured That Those German Swine Were Repaid With A Little Interest For What They Did To Them....I Am Sending You A Little Of Materials Out Of The Chancelery (Sic) The Bit Of Green Off His Sette (Sic) And The Other Bit Off His Chair Out Of His Sound Proof Room '. A Rare And Unusual Artefact From The Place Where Hitler Was To Kill Himself By Gunshot On 30Th April 1945. Vg, 2 Billingsby'S Reference To Removing The Present Swatch From Hitler'S 'Sound Proof Room' Must Clearly Be Taken As A Reference To The Fuhrerbunker Where Hitler Was To Commit Suicide. Billingsby'S Further Comment In His Letter In Regard To Visiting The Place Where 'Hitler Spent The Last Few Hours' Reinforces This. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £400 - 500
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