No takers for Hitler paintings at auction
Suspicion over authenticity of the works
Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler failed to find buyers at an auction held in Nuremberg.
High starting prices of between $21,000 and $50,000 and lingering sus- picions about the authenticity of the artworks were thought to have scared off potential buyers.
The Weidler auction house did not comment on the reasons for the failure but said the paintings could still be sold at a later date.
Nuremberg’s mayor Ulrich Maly had earlier condemned the sale as being “in bad taste”.
Among the items that failed to sell were a mountain lake view and a painting of a wicker armchair with a swastika symbol presumed to have belonged to the late Nazi dictator.
Days before the sale, a number of the artworks were withdrawn on suspicion they were fakes.
A watercolour signed ‘A. Hitler’.