14 Watercolours by Adolf Hitler Go Under the Hammer in Germany
A group of artworks by Adolf Hitler will go under the hammer at the Weidler auction house in Nuremberg, Germany, between June 18 and 20, AFP reports.
A total of 14 watercolors and drawings, dated from 1904 to 1922, are being offered in the sale, and are expected to fetch between €1,000 and €45,000 ($1,128 and $50,700) each.
Weidler previously offered a 1914 Hitler watercolor of the town hall in Munich, which sold for €130,000 ($162,000 at the time) in November last year (see Hitler Watercolor to Be Sold at Weidler and Middle East Collector Buys Hitler Painting for $162,000).
As a young man, Hitler was a passionate aspiring artist. In 1908, at the age of 18, he left behind the provincial Austrian town of Linz to pursue a career as an artist in the capital Vienna. However, his plans of studying art ended abruptly after his application was turned down twice by the Vienna Academy of Art.
Hitler’s artwork is generally regarded as being mediocre at best. The Telegraph’s art critic Alastair Smart previously described a Hitler watercolor as having “no intrinsic, artistic worth whatsoever” (see Would You Buy One of Hitler’s Terrible Flower Paintings for $30,000?).
The piece, in fact, was removed from the auction before it could change hands (see Auction House Withdraws Terrible Hitler Flower Painting).
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