|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Sunday, August 25, 2019
|Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000|
The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000.
WASHINGTON (AFP).- Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced.
Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat.
The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000. The starting bid was set at $100,000.
The Maryland company auctioned off more than a thousand items including the phone and a porcelain sculpture of an Alsatian dog for $24,300.
Both winners bid by telephone.
More than 70 years old, the Siemens rotary telephone is embossed with a swastika and the eagle symbolic of the Third Reich.
Alexander House dubbed the phone -- which Hitler received from the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany's armed forces -- as "arguably the most destructive 'weapon' of all time, which sent millions to their deaths."
It said Hitler used it to give most of his orders during the last two years of World War II.
Russian officers gave the device to British Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner during a tour of the bunker shortly after Germany's surrender.
Rayner's son, who inherited the phone, put it up for sale, its paint now peeling to reveal the original synthetic black resin surface.
Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander House told AFP its estimates were based on a number of factors, including "rarity and uniqueness."
"It would be impossible to find a more impactful relic than the primary tool used by the most evil man in history," the auction house said in a statement. "This was not a staid office telephone."
"This was Hitler's mobile device of destruction."
© Agence France-Presse
February 20, 2017
Exhibition of masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest opens in Madrid
Exhibition at Museum Ludwig gives visitors a chance to encounter Otto Freundlich's entire oeuvre
An Italian Baroque masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum on view now at the National Gallery
The Morgan Library & Museum acquires important drawings by Hockney, Puryear, Corot
Metropolitan Museum exhibition focuses on Seurat's 'Circus Sideshow'
Artist Profile: Richard Anuszkiewicz
Clark Art Institute opens new American Decorative Arts Galleries
Artisans break the mould in Britain's pottery capital
Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000
Major gifts by Roger Ballen Foundation establish centre for photography
Crystal Bridges opens 'Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border'
1936 Rolls Royce of artist who painted Mussolini & Churchill for sale with Mossgreen
Asian Art Museum presents new video art to commemorate 75th anniversary of Japanese incarceration during WWII
Butch McGuire's Saloon Decorations to be auctioned
Gwenneth Boelens's first solo museum exhibition opens at the MIT List Visual Arts Center
In Lebanon, an avant-garde mosque to preach coexistence
15 commissioned artists respond to Max Dupain's Sunbaker
Lyon & Turnbull to offer a collection of textiles from collector Paul Reeves
Morgan Lehman Gallery opens exhibition of recent drawings and print work by Austin Thomas
Group exhibition centred around Hito Steyerl's powerful work Abstract opens in Glasgow
Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future items, plus music and sports memorabilia offered at auction
Spink to offer the Christopher "Kit" Reed Collection
Museum Folkwang launches new exhibition format 6 1/2 Weeks
Kunsthalle Bern opens exhibition of works by
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Newly restored Titian's Rape of Europa set to be reunited with accompanying works
2.- Krannert Art Museum acquires complete works of conceptual gay photographer Hal Fischer
3.- The Met's Rock & Roll exhibition reaches a milestone 500,000 visitors
4.- A new species of giant penguin has been identified from fossils
5.- Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain exhibits works by pioneering artist Yoko Ono
6.- Comprehensive exhibition of Elfie Semotan's work on view at C/O Berlin
7.- 'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dead at 79
8.- Major exhibition explores the romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands
9.- Meet the Ercolines, the Woodstock lovebirds whose hug made history
10.- Dallas Museum of Art re-opens European Galleries after total reinstallation
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.