Paintings by One Adolf Hitler Up For Auction

08/21/2009 11:08 AM |

Painting by Adolf Hitler

It’s not exactly like the sudden frenzy over buying paintings of Michael Jackson, but it’s something similar: three paintings by Adolf Hitler are hitting the auction block in two weeks, and are expected to continue to fetch increasingly large sums. Back in April an auction of 15 pieces by the eventual Nazi party leader raised some $120,000, and in 2006 six pieces went for a total of $171,000. As a youth, Hitler was an aspiring painter, and some suggest that his rejection from art school was one of the most significant moments on his journey to becoming Modern history’s biggest monster.

At any rate, looking at his work (pictured) you can understand why it wouldn’t fly in the early 20th century (except with tourists, to whom he would sell watercolor copies of postcards). It’s not nearly edgy or inventive enough to pass in an Expressionist or Cubist salon, but also not sufficiently academic to get him into a state art program. Which begs the question: why are people spending more and more money on his paintings? (In 1960 two pieces were sold for $1,000, and in 1991 two more went for a total of $5,300.) Is it some kind of macabre fascination with evil? Do these collectors just have terrible taste? Is it a neo-Nazi scheme to launder money into Hitler’s estate? Whatever it is, it’s creepy.

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  • Hitler: Several hundred thousand. Stalin: 12 Million. “Modern history’s biggest Monster”? We have killed more civilians in Iraq than Hitler did in Germany or Poland or Russia, together. Could Hitler have achieved power without direct support from the German aristocracy? No. He was their tool and their patsy. But the anger of the German People was not created by Hitler nor had it been a normal part of preWWI Germany. German zionists hiding among the Jewish Germans betrayed Germany to England. When the Germans learned of the Balfour Declaration, they knew betrayal and made no difference between zionists and Jewish Germans. The decade of financial rape by the zionist rothschild banks after WWI did not help either. The son of a New York Jewish banking family will explain it all to you. He was there. YouTube Benjamin Freedman