Hitler paintings for sale

2009-04-23 14:35

London - A series of watercolours by Adolf Hitler were set to go on sale at a British auction house later on Thursday.

The 13 landscapes, which include an apparent self-portrait showing a man with a side-parting sitting on a stone bridge, were due to be auctioned at Ludlow in western England.

The paintings were found in a garage earlier this year by the seller, who bought them from someone who found them in 1945, Richard Westwood-Brookes of auctioneers Mullock's said.

"As works of art, they are hardly Picasso," he said. "It just beggars belief that this guy who, if you saw his work you would think would turn into a schoolmaster, turns out to be this monster."

Many of the works are signed with the initials "AH". The sale also includes a collection of official Nazi magazines for schoolboys and women, featuring knitting patterns and recipes.

In 2006, 21 of Hitler's works were sold in Britain for £118 000 ($171 000).