5 WA­TER­COL­ORS AL­LEGEDLY BY HITLER UN­SOLD AT AUC­TION

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Ber­lin — Five wa­ter­col­ors at­trib­uted to Nazi dic­ta­tor Adolf Hitler from his early days as a strug­gling artist have failed to sell at auc­tion in the south­ern Ger­man city of Nurem­berg, pos­si­bly over fears they could be fakes.

The Nurem­berger Nachrichten news­pa­per re­ported Sun­day that no bids were re­ceived on the paint­ings, which had start­ing prices of be­tween $21,500 and $50,900.

Three days be­fore Satur­day’s auc­tion, pros­e­cu­tors seized 63 other paint­ings at­trib­uted to Hitler from the auc­tion house to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions they were fakes.

In Ber­lin last month, pros­e­cu­tors seized three other Hitler wa­ter­col­ors af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint ques­tion­ing their au­then­tic­ity.

As a young man, Hitler un­suc­cess­fully strug­gled to suc­ceed as an artist in Vi­enna.

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