A British auction house sold a series of 13 watercolors on Thursday, April 23, 2009, painted by Adolph Hitler during the years 1908 and 1914, when the young man lived in Vienna. Richard Westwood-Brookes, of Mullock’s Auctioneers, speculated that had Mr. Hitler been “accepted into the Vienna Academy, which was where he wanted to be, … then we would have known him today as an artist and not as an evil tyrant.”
The paintings are said to have been brought to Great Britain by a soldier who had served with the Royal Manchester Regiment, when it was stationed in the German city of Essen in 1945. The soldier sold the paintings to a collector, who then stored them in his garage for the past 60 years.
As the Associated Press astutely reports,
Best known as the genocidal dictator who butchered millions in his quest to unite Europe under German rule, Hitler also had a largely unsuccessful career as an artist in his early years. He is believed to have painted hundreds of pieces, although most art critics have been unmoved.
The 13 paintings and a collection of official Nazi magazines sold for 97,672 pounds ($143,358).
Reputed Hitler watercolors sell at English auction [AP; April 23, 2009]
Hitler paintings sold for 95,589 pounds [AFP; April 23, 2009]