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.


  • Kalai - 2012-01-26 23:04

    dear news24, when you write an article about a the painting!

      Morne - 2012-01-27 07:21

      Google it.

      Shaun.groenewald - 2012-01-27 09:57

      Agreed, shouldn't have to google for pictures about the painting after reading a article about it IMO.

  • DREGstudios - 2012-01-27 03:41

    Hitler was just a misunderstood artist. Rejection is the most brutal of human conditions and young Adolf underwent the metamorphosis into the monster of our historical lore by his rejection from art school. See him his happiest and read all about it at

      Przemyslaw - 2012-01-27 11:03

      Hitler was a horrible artist could paint scenery ok but had no detail and no sense of perspective. you should read a book called I was Hitlers doctor, its a account about Hitler from his doctors perspective, written before the war!

  • Colin - 2012-01-27 07:21

    I am suprised at how "little" money is being paid for these paintings. They might not be a masterpiece, but just the fact that Hitler painted them is a huge selling point.

  • Liz - 2012-01-27 09:59 It's actually quite a beautiful painting.

  • Barry - 2012-03-12 09:19

    Some teacher should not have called his painting crap and threw him out of Art College, he became a meglomaniac instead.

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