Chinese buyer’s appetite for Hitler’s art

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An anonymous Chinese buyer bought the priciest work by Hitler, sold with 13 other paintings and drawings, at Weidler auction house in Nuremberg, Germany, on 20 June. The watercolour of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria sold for €100,000, and the 14 works, made between 1904 and 1922, brought in a total of €391,000. The record price for a work by Hitler was also made at Weidler when, in November 2014, an unnamed buyer from the Middle East bought the Nazi leader’s painting of a registry office in Munich, along with its original bill of sale from 1916, for €130,000. While many question the morality of profiting from works by Hitler, Germany allows the art to be sold as long as it does not portray Nazi symbols or propaganda.

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