'Lost' portraits of Adolf Hitler's parents set for $100,000 auction



2015-06-26 12:30:17

'Lost' portraits of Adolf Hitler's parents set for $100,000 auction

Two portraits of Hitler's parents, last seen in 1945, have come to light in the US

The original portraits of Adolf Hitler's parents, until recently thought lost, are coming to auction in September.

The two works, commissioned and owned by Hitler, were last seen at the end of the Second World War.

They are expected to make close to $100,000 in a single lot at Craig Gottlieb Auctions online sale between September 1 and 17.

Taken from Hitler's Berghof residence in Bavaria at the end of the Second World War, they are currently owned by a family of French-descent living in the US.

 Klara and Alois Hitler: These Adolf Hitler-commissioned portraits could sell for $100,000

Auctioneer Craig Gottlieb believes that the works' rarity will help boost the price.

"These portraits are not rare - they are one of kind. So when it's the collector's one opportunity or the museum's one opportunity, sky is the limit." Gottlieb told US news outlet Fox.

Black and white photographs taken at the Berghof show the portraits on a wall.

"The photographs of the portraits that I found show they matched brush stroke for brush stroke. They are authentic. I would stake my entire reputation on it," adds Gottlieb.

The images of Klara and Alois Hitler were once well known in Germany, even appearing on postcards.

Neither parent lived to see their son's rise to power in Germany, both dying in the early 1900s.

From autographed photos to signed war documents, items associated with Hitler can command significant interest at auction, due to the indelible impact the man had on the course of history.

Hitler himself was a prolific artist. A work attributed to him sold for 12,000 at Mullock's auction house in the UK last year.

Paul Fraser Collectibles will bring you the results from this auction in September.

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