Hitler's Paintings Sold in Auction
Fifteen pieces of art by Adolf Hitler Thursday raised almost $120,000 at an auction Thursday held by anonymous sellers.
The auction, held by the Mullock's of Shropshire auction house, included several watercolor paintings along with an oil painting that sold for about $20,000.
One watercolor of a figure rumored to be Hitler himself sitting a bridge sold for almost $15,000- over six times what was expected, CNN reported.
The watercolor paintings came from a collector who forgot about the paintings until he found them in his garage, Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullock's told CNN.
Though many were unaware of Hitler's artistic leanings, he spend several years painting water colors to support himself.
In addition to artwork, the auction included various paraphernalia from Hitler's reign, including concentration camp documents, CNN reported.
The auction offended many who oppose the supposed celebration of the dictator. Westwood-Brooke, however, defended the sale.
"It's just as much as part of the Second World War as photographs of (Winston) Churchill," Westwood-Brooke told CNN. "It's something that happened and you can't ignore it."