Adolf Hitler’s Gold Reversible Watch Sells For $1.1 Million At US Auction House

Adolf Hitler's gold reversible watch sells for $1.1 million at US auction house

Adolf Hitler led Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945.

A watch believed to belong to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has sold for $1.1 million at auction in the United States.

The Huber watch, which was sold to an anonymous bidder, is engraved with a swastika and the initials AH. It was auctioned by Alexander Historical Auctions. It is a gold reversible watch that was probably given to Hitler on his 44th birthday on April 20, 1933. “This was the first honor in the history of Germany,” according to the auction house in the product catalog.

The watch has three dates: Hitler’s date of birth, the date he became chancellor and the day the Nazi party won the elections in March 1933. According to the auction house, the watch was taken as a souvenir when about 30 French soldiers stormed the Berghof, Hitler’s retreat in the mountains, in May 1945. It is then believed that the watch was resold and passed down through several generations until now.

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Adolf Hitler led Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945. During his reign, an estimated 11 million people were killed, six million of whom were murdered because they were Jewish.

According to BBC, the auction of this watch was condemned by Jewish leaders, who wanted the sale to be called off. An open letter signed by 34 Jewish leaders described the sale as “abhorrent”. They said the transaction “provided assistance to those who idealize what the Nazi Party stood for”.

However, the auction house said the purpose of the sale was to preserve history and most of the items sold are held in private collections or donated to Holocaust museums. “Whether it’s a good or a bad history, it must be preserved,” said Senior Vice President Mindy Greenstein, adding, “If you destroy history, there is no evidence that it happened.”

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The outlet reported that despite the watch fetching more than $1 million, it still fell short of the auction house’s $2 million to $4 million estimate.

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