No tak­ers for Hitler paint­ings at auc­tion

Sus­pi­cion over au­then­tic­ity of the works

The Hindu - - LIFE -

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.

AFP ■

A wa­ter­colour signed ‘A. Hitler’.

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