Hitler's Personal Copy of 'Mein Kampf' Fetches Far Less Than Expected at Auction

The 1932 version of the Fuhrer's autobiography sold for about $30,000 at auction, falling short of the $100,000 estimate.

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Adolf Hitler's personal copy of "Mein Kampf" sold for 19,000 pounds (about $30,000) on Saturday, but fell far short of the 62,000-pound (nearly $100,000) estimate.

The 1932 version of the Fuhrer's autobiography – discovered in his Munich apartment in 1945 – was sold by antiquities dealer Craig Gottlieb through the website HistoryHunter.com.  

In the two-volume "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle), Hitler lays out his vision for a resurgent Germany after World War I, along with his racist National Socialist political ideology.

"It's the only copy of 'Mein Kampf' that belonged to Hitler," he told British daily The Mirror, "and although controversial and evil, he changed the world."

Gottlieb said he was aware of the controversial nature of some of the items he sells, but noted that "they're a part of history, and shunning them is like shunning the history they represent."

Last February, autographed copies of "Mein Kampf" sold for $64,850 at an auction in Los Angeles. The copies of the two-volume work were inscribed as Christmas gifts to Josef Bauer, an officer in the German SS during World War II and a participant in Hitler's failed Munich coup in 1923.

"Mein Kampf," unlike Nazi insignia and some Nazi films and songs, is not banned in Germany. Its German copyright has been owned by Bavaria since the end of World War II, and the southern German state has prohibited sales and reprinting.