Hitler's lost ring hammers for $55,000 at Alexander Historical Auctions



2015-06-26 13:25:15

Hitler's lost ring hammers for $55,000 at Alexander Historical Auctions

Adolf Hitler's lost ring sold for a hammer price of $55,000 yesterday at a US auction house

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Wednesday 11September 2013

A ring belonging to Adolf Hitler sold yesterday at Alexander Historical Auctionsfor $55,000. The ring was the lead item in a sale of militaria.

The ring was made from silver and was originally plated in gold. It features a 16mm mobile swastika with ruby encrusted armsand was designed byhigh-ranking Nazi official and jeweller Karl Berthold. A US soldier recovered it in the closing days of the war and while itis confirmed to be genuine it is not known whether Hitler ever wore it.

Hitler Ring Alexander Auctions The ring features a mobile swastika with ruby encrusted arms

Other items at the auction included a gold Reichsjagermeister collar pin that belonged to Herman Goering. Featuring a gold stag's head surrounded by emeralds and sapphires,it hammered for $17,000 - comfortably within its $15-20,000 estimate.

Auctioneer Bill Panagopulos commented that the ring was the rarest of items the fuhrer owned and one that he would oftenshow to admirers. Hewent on to describe the two items of jewellery as "testament to the excesses of the third reich".

A stained glass window sold for $14,000, up 100% on its initial valuation of $7,000. It featured a representation of the Coburg badge -a commendation given to Nazi veterans of a 1922 clash with political opponents.

Other non-second world war items included a Mexican presidential guard helmet from the late 19th century - which hammered for $14,000, up 366% on its pre-sale estimate of $3,000.

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