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In Pics: Hitler’s ‘weapon of mass destruction’ is up for auction

The phone is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 and Panagopulos says bidding will start at $100,000 this weekend.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2017 09:10 IST
AP, Chesapeake, Maryland
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This undated image obtained from Alexander Historical Auctions shows a phone belonging to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler which will be auctioned by the auction house in Chesapeake City, Maryland, on February 19, 2017.(AFP)

A Maryland auction house is selling a telephone owned by Adolf Hitler.

Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City says occupying Russian officers gave the phone to Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner during a visit to Hitler’s Berlin bunker. Rayner’s son is now selling the red phone with a Nazi party symbol and Hitler’s name engraved on the back.

The phone is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 and Panagopulos says bidding will start at $100,000 this weekend.

The Nazi party symbol and Hitler’s name is engraved at the back of the phone. ( AFP )

Panagopulos considers the phone a “weapon of mass destruction,” noting that the orders Hitler gave over the phone took many lives.

He says the seller and auction house hope it ends up in a museum, where people who see it “really understand what extreme fascist thinking can bring about.”

The device was found in Hitler's bunker after the defeat of Nazi Germany. ( AFP )

According to an online catalogue, the auction house says the handset of the phone must be rotated almost 60 degrees before it can be lifted out of its cradle.

This feature kept the handset from shaking loose while being transported. The phone was used in vehicles and trains as well as Hitler’s field headquarters.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 08:51 IST