Hitler's Personal Phone Auctioned Off for $243,000

The phone features a Nazi party symbol and Hitler's name engraved on the back.

Adolf Hitler's personal traveling telephone.
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A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler, which features a Nazi party symbol and Hitler's name engraved on the back, sold at auction for $243,000 on Sunday afternoon.

Bidding for the phone started at $100,000. 

Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions said occupying Russian officers gave the phone to Brig. Sir Ralph Rayner during a visit to Hitler's Berlin bunker. Rayner's son put the phone up for auction.

Panagopulos said he considers the phone a "weapon of mass destruction," noting that the orders Hitler gave over the phone took many lives. The phone was used in vehicles and trains as well as Hitler's field headquarters

The auction house added that a porcelain figure of an Alsatian dog, also owned by Hitler, also sold Sunday to a different bidder for $24,300.