Hitler watercolour auctions for $7,808 at Mullock's



2015-06-26 13:24:26

Hitler watercolour auctions for $7,808 at Mullock's

Depicting an Austrian monastery, is this watercolour at auction another example from Hitler's first career?

A watercolour thought to have been painted by Adolf Hitler has provided the lead lot of Mullock's August 21 auction.

Kloster im Herbst, believed to depict a monastery in Lower Austria, sold for a hammer price of 5,000 ($7,808) at the Shropshire, UK sale.

Hitler watercolour Mullock's Hitler is thought to have produced more than 700 artworks

Featuring the signature "A Hitler" in the bottom right corner, it is the latest in a string of paintings from Hitler's first career to have arrived at auction in recent years.

Hitler works have previously performed better than this item, however. White Church in the Wachau, from 1910 or 1911, sold for $34,000 in 2009, while a seascape from 1913 made $53,000 last year.

The lower price for the current piece is perhaps collectors' reaction to its uncertain authenticity, with the catalogue notes only stating: "Attributed to Hitler".

More than 700 worksby Hitler's hand are believed to exist.

Twice rejected by the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts, Hitler never did make it to art school, as the skewed perspective of his artworks continued to testify.

Items connected with Hitler and the Nazi party can achieve considerable sums at auction. A box of cigars made especially for Luftwaffe commander-in-chief Hermann Goering sold earlier this week for 1,300 ($2,035).

Mullock's auction also featured the 3,000 ($4,669) sale of what it describes as "the first written constitution in the modern world". Oliver Cromwell had the folio produced in 1653, announcing "The Government of the Commonwealth of England Scotland & Ireland".

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