Book signed by Hitler is a gold Mein!

Midweek Sport - - IN THIS WEEK'S SENSATIONAL -

A RARE copy of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler him­self in his Berlin bunker just weeks be­fore his death has sold for £42,000 at an auc­tion – more than £35,000 above the ex­pected price.

Auc­tion­eers had slapped a guide price of be­tween £3,000 and £5,000 on the book.

But they were de­lighted when it sold for sub­stan­tially more at their auc­tion at Lud­low Race­course in Shrop­shire.

The leather-bound copy was one of just 1,000 spe­cial edi­tions pro­duced to mark the dic­ta­tor’s 50th birth­day in 1939.

The work, a mix­ture of au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and ide­ol­ogy, was dic­tated by the Nazi leader while in prison for po­lit­i­cal crimes in the early 1920s.

The in­side cover of the book is signed by Hitler and dated March 5, 1945. Weeks later, on April 30, he com­mit­ted sui­cide by shoot­ing him­self.

The book was put up for auc­tion by an anony­mous col­lec­tor and sold to an overseas bid­der by tele­phone.

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