Watercolours attributed to Adolf Hitler, painted when he was serving in the German army during World War One and then hidden away for more than 60 years, will be auctioned in southwest England on Tuesday.
The 21 paintings and sketches, the largest sale of Hitler’s artwork for many years, has attracted huge interest and collectors from Russia, the United States and South Africa are expected to bid in the quiet Cornish town of Lostwithiel.
“People have been ringing up every day about it,” said Ian Morris, auctioneer at Jefferys. “It’s very unusual to have that number of Hitler’s watercolours up for auction.”
Questions have been raised about the provenance of the paintings and whether it is appropriate to auction the works of the mastermind of the Holocaust. “There has been a minority of people who are unhappy,” Morris said. “There are always people who have reservations about what’s being sold.”