Rare Hitler paintings to go on sale

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A collection of rare paintings by the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler are to go under the hammer after they were found, forgotten in a collector's garage.

The watercolours are early examples of the fascist's work and were painted during his twenties, when he was a struggling artist.

The array of 13 pieces is expected to attract great interest and could fetch thousands of pounds at an auction next month.

Among them is a self-portrait by the infamous German leader. Signed with the initials A.H., the picture of a man sitting on a stone bridge appears to depict the Austrian-born politician's trademark side-parting.

Several of the other paintings – mainly landscapes – are signed A. Hitler in the corner.

The works were liberated in 1945 by a soldier from the Royal Manchester Regiment, which was stationed in Essen, Germany, at the time.

They were then sold to a collector, who put them in his garage and forgot about them until now.

The collection will form part of an Historical Documents, Autographs & Ephemera sale by specialist auctioneers Mullock's on April 23 at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire.

The auction house's historical documents expert, Richard Westwood-Brookes, said: "My vendor, who is a big collector of Second World War memorabilia, bought them from the guy who liberated them in 1945.

"He sold some of them years ago and at that time he had them valued by an expert.

"Believe it or not, he left the rest of them in his garage. He forgot about them and found them in his garage about a month or six weeks ago."

Mr Westwood-Brookes said it was difficult to predict how much the paintings would fetch.

He added: "As works of art they are hardly Picasso. You can take a view of Adolf Hitler and his prowess as an artist but I don't think anybody would agree he was in the first rank by any means.

"But it's an opportunity of obtaining a piece of original art that was done by Hitler when he was a struggling artist in Austria. continues here

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