Hitler's Phone, Described as 'Weapon of Mass Destruction,' Goes Up for Auction

The phone, estimated at $200,000 to $300,000, was frequently used by Hitler to give deadly orders, the auction house says.

Adolf Hitler's personal traveling telephone is displayed at Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, February 17, 2017.
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A Maryland auction house is selling Adolf Hitler's personal traveling telephone, which has a Nazi party symbol and the dictator's name engraved on the back

Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City says occupying Russian officers gave the phone to Brig. Sir Ralph Rayner during a visit to Hitler's Berlin bunker. Rayner's son is now selling the red phone.

The phone is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 and Panagopulos says bidding will start at $100,000 this weekend.

Panagopulos considers the phone a "weapon of mass destruction," noting that the orders Hitler gave over the phone took many lives.

He says the seller and auction house hope it ends up in a museum, where people who see it "really understand what extreme fascist thinking can bring about."