Painting by Hitler to be auctioned

2012-01-26 22:33

Bratislava - A painting by Adolf Hitler, done before he became Nazi Germany's dictator, has been put up for sale by a Slovak auctioning house, its head said.

"The opening bid for the painting titled Maritime Nocturno is €10 000 in a closed VIP auction that currently features four participants," said owner of the Darte auctioning house Jaroslav Krajnak.

The mixed-media painting depicts a full moon over a glittering seascape. The top bid had risen to €10 200 on Thursday.

"The painting has been offered for sale by an unnamed family of a Slovak painter who probably met Hitler personally when he was struggling to become an artist in Vienna during the early 20th century," Krajnak added.

"I look at him as an artist - in 1913, when Hitler painted this picture, he didn't know what would become of him in the decades to come."

The auctioning house already sold a painting by Hitler from the same family collection last year for €10 200.

The auction, which also offers a painting by Pablo Picasso for €15m, closes on Sunday.

 

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