A painting created by Adolf Hitler titled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich), which was sold at auction in Germany on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
He's history's murderous megalomaniac who just won't go away: The ghost of Adolf Hitler is back — this time with art in tow.
A watercolor painting titled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" ("Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich") was sold at auction in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday for 130,000 euros ($161,000) to an unnamed person from the Middle East. There were also inquiries from Asia and America.
The 100-year old painting was sold along with a signed letter from Hitler's adjutant Albert Bormann, the brother of Martin Bormann, a high-ranking member of the Nazi party and Hitler's private secretary, according to Reuters.
Although the painting of Munich’s city hall is itself unremarkable, the high-priced sale of the work points to the ongoing morbid fascination some collectors hold for one of history's most-hated figures.
The painting is just one of many works Hitler created as a young man between 1905 and 1920, Reuters reported, decades before he turned his interests from art to world domination.
For those who take issue with the painting being sold, the Weidler auction house said complaints should be directed to the two unidentified 70-year-old German sisters who sold the work. They plan to donate 10% of the proceeds from the controversial sale to a charity for children with disabilities, the auction house added, according to Reuters.
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