Adolf Hitler’s Watch Controversially Sold At Auction For $1.1Million

A watch belonging to Adolf Hitler has sold for $1.1million in a controversial auction in America.
Credit: Alamy & Alexander Historical Auctions

A watch belonging to Adolf Hitler has sold for $1.1million in a controversial auction in America.

The Huber timepiece, which has the initials ‘AH’ and a ‘Swastika’ engraved into the face was bought by an anonymous bidder.

However, Jewish leaders opposed the auction, by claiming in an open letter: “The sale of these items is an abhorrence. There is little to no intrinsic historical value to the vast bulk of the lots on display.”

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They added: “This auction, whether unwittingly or not, is doing two things: one, giving succour to those who idealise what the Nazi party stood for.

“Two: Offering buyers the chance to titillate a guest or loved one with an item belonging to a genocidal murderer and his supporters.”

Despite this, the auction house in Maryland has maintained its reasoning behind the sale, arguing that they are preserving history.

They added: “Whether good or bad history, it must be preserved. If you destroy history, there is no proof that it happened.”

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Along with Hitler’s watch, other items that were listed, including a blue dress that belonged to his partner, Eva Braun, signed pictures and documents of Nazi officials, and other personal belongings of the historic leader.

This is not the first instance that a piece of memorabilia belonging to the Führer has gone on auction and received a negative reaction.

In 2018, a black and white image of Hitler taken before he was Chancellor was sold to an anonymous buyer.

The aim of the photo was to initially show that he was a normal man, however, once he went into power, the Nazi leader wanted it destroyed, as it apparently made him look weak.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.