Hitler Painting to Go Under the Hammer at Nuremberg

'Old Town Hall,' signed by A. Hitler, was completed by the Nazi dictator in 1914 or 1915.

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'The Old Town Hall,' by Adolf Hitler.
'The Old Town Hall,' by Adolf Hitler.

Adolf Hitler's watercolor rendition of a Munich town hall will go under the hammer at the end of November in Nuremberg, the city where the Nazi Party hosted it's annual mass rallies.  

"Old Town Hall," signed by A. Hitler, was completed by the Nazi dictator in 1914, or 1915, when he was still on his early career path as a failed artist. The piece will go on sale on November 22, according to The Local, with a starting price of 4,500 euros.

The owners are two sisters from Hesse in west central Germany, who have chosen to remain anonymous, The Telegraph reported. Their grandfather purchased the piece in 1916 in the Bavarian capital. The 22- by 28-centimeter painting is being sold along with the original bill of sale.

A spokesman for the Weidler auction house in the Bavarian capital said that they are expecting a "four- or five-figure sale price," The Local said. After being bought by the sisters' grandfather, the painting was kept in Thuringia in eastern Germany, before it was smuggled out of former East Germany to Hesse.

Along with the painting and the bill of sale, the sisters are selling a certificate of authenticity signed by Albert Bormann, brother of Hitler's private secretary, Martin Bormann.

This isn't the first Hitler painting the auction house has sold. According to the Nurnberger Zeitung, they have auctioned off five paintings by Hitler inside and outside Germany. The most recent sale was in January 2012 to an anonymous buyer in Slovakia. That piece was sold for 32,000 euros.

The two sisters said they would give 10 percent of the profit to a charity working with disabled children.

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