POSSESSIONS belonging to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun are being sold by a Boston auctioneer. A collection of silver and other items are being auctioned as part of a private treaty sale at Eleys Auctions, with offers in excess of £55,000.
The collection includes three large silver trays which were part of a state German silver dinner service presented to Hitler on his 50th birthday in 1939, glass which formed dressing table items belonging to Eva Braun and a clock from one of Hitler’s personal cars.
Eleys auctioneer Phillip Knapper said: “There are photos and documents from the British Government allowing servicemen to bring the clock home. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Holocaust, they are genuine antiques which happened to belong to people who were infamous.
“As it’s a sensitive subject we decided to have a private sale where people can see the photographs and the asking price on our website. If anyone is interested they can make an offer.
“To have two private collections is a great opportunity for a local room in Boston. These items turn up all over the world and there’s a huge market for it in America. This is a small sale room so for these to be offered to Eleys is very exciting.”
The collection comes from a Second World War Spitfire pilot from North Lincolnshire who collects antiques. The collector approached Eleys Auction, of Haven Business Park, after the company sold paintings for him in the past.
His son has provided a second private collection of items belonging to Spitfire pilot Douglas Bader, who lost both legs during wartime service. Items include his uniform and his Alvis car from the 1950s and ’60s.