- Oct 26, 2017
SourceThe Guardian said:The sale of the artworks has sparked outrage with one landscape attributed to the Nazi leader expected to fetch at least €45,000
Five paintings allegedly by Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off on Saturday in the German city of Nuremberg, sparking anger that the Nazi memorabilia market is alive and well.
The city’s mayor, Ulrich Maly, has condemned the upcoming sale as being “in bad taste,” speaking to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Among the items to go under the hammer are a mountain lake view with a starting price of €45,000 ($51,000) and a wicker armchair with a swastika symbol presumed to have belonged to the late Nazi dictator.
The auction made headlines after several artworks were withdrawn Thursday on suspicion they were fakes and prosecutors stepped in.
Sales of alleged artworks by Hitler – who for a time tried to make a living as an artist in his native Austria – regularly spark outrage because collectors are willing to pay high prices for art linked to the country’s Nazi past.
Cultural or significant historical items or just plain bad taste, ERA?