Lack of provenance means Hitler's eagle goblets fail to soar



2015-06-26 12:27:03

Lack of provenance means Hitler's eagle goblets fail to soar

Thought to have been owned by the dictator, this sale showed how important proof is...

Goblets once thought to have been owned by one of the most evil men in history, Adolf Hitler, have been snapped up for 3,000 ($4,797) at an auction in Towcester, Northamptonshire, in England.

The four glasses, each of a different size and edged in gold, are inscribed with the initials AH and depict the Nazi symbols, an eagle and swastika.

It is claimed that they were used by Hitler while he hid in his Berlin bunker during the second World War.

Prior to the Specialist International Militaria sale they had been given an estimated price of 8,000 ($12,786), but the eventual buyer, from Sweden, got them for less than half that amount.

The main reason for this is because of the lack of attached provenance to the glasses, as there was no guaranteed proof that they had in fact belonged to Hitler, other than rumours.

 Ornate goblets once owned by evil dictator Adolf Hitler sold for $4,797

If there had been a certainty that they had been owned by him, there is every chance they could have sold for higher than their estimate, either to collectors of military memorabilia looking to make an investment, or to a museum.

The four goblets had been maintained by a highly respected militaria dealer, who was the father of the seller. The man had apparently once sold off one of Hitler's swords for $1m.

Jonathan Humbert, of JPHumbert Auctioneers in Towcester, believed the eventual price was reasonable for a lot without genuine proof of its backgrounds or provenance.

He said, 'anything Nazi can be a little bit awkward to place and although we had an immense amount of worldwide publicity people were very cagey about expressing pre-sale interest.'

As well as the glasses, the auction also contained a wide array of other military items, such as a Vickers Mk V machine gun, an Empire Dragoon helmet from Napoleon's army, and even an Abbott self-propelled gun attached to a tank.

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