For Sale: Alleged Hitler Paintings. No One's Buying

5 watercolors go unsold at German auction house amid concern they could be fakes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2019 8:48 AM CST
For Sale: Alleged Hitler Paintings. No One's Buying
In this Jan. 24, 2019, picture an employee of an auction house holds a watercolor landscape in Berlin, Germany. Berlin police say three watercolor landscapes allegedly painted by a young Adolf Hitler are being examined to determine if they are fakes.   (Gregor Fischer/dpa via AP)

Five watercolors attributed to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler from his early days as a struggling artist have failed to sell at auction in the southern German city of Nuremberg, possibly over fears they could be fakes, reports the AP. The Nuremberger Nachrichten newspaper reported Sunday that no bids were received on the paintings, which had starting prices of between $21,500 and $50,900. That isn't to say there isn't a market for the real deal: "We are negotiating the past, in this case German past and Nazi memory, which is embodied in Adolf Hitler," two German art historians tell CNN. "Something that has been taboo in the past, now pops up—there are collectors who love to buy these objects."

Three days before Saturday's auction, prosecutors seized 63 other paintings attributed to Hitler from the auction house to investigate allegations they were fakes. In Berlin last month, prosecutors seized three other Hitler watercolors after receiving a complaint questioning their authenticity. As a young man, Hitler is thought to have painted some 2,000 pictures as he unsuccessfully struggled to succeed as an artist in Vienna before World War I. (Read more Adolf Hitler stories.)

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