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Hitler items go under the hammer
Clock from Hitler's car (Courtesy of Eleys Auctions)
The clock from Hitler's limousine is up for auction
Personal items that belonged to Adolf Hitler and the Battle of Britain pilot Douglas Bader are being sold by an auction house in Lincolnshire.

The collection includes Bader's uniform, Alvis car and prosthetic leg, as well as silverware and glassware.

The silver was presented to the former Nazi leader of Germany commemorate his 50th birthday in 1939.

Personal photographs of both Hitler and war hero Bader are also among the lots being sold, the auctioneer said.

Breathtaking items

There are about 50 items of Douglas Bader memorabilia, ranging from log books and medals to Red Cross parcels that were sent to him while he was imprisoned in Colditz Castle in 1943.

Bader became a double amputee after an aeroplane accident in 1931.

Phillip Knapper, auctioneer from Eleys Auctions, said that he was amazed when he first saw the items.

Bader's prosthetic leg
Bader's prosthetic leg is one of the more unusual items

"I have never handled anything like this in 30 years as an auctioneer. When I first saw (Hitler's) silver trays, it took my breath away.

"The items are avidly collectable and will reach high prices. There is a large market in America for World War Two memorabilia and I have already had interest from Singapore and Hong Kong.

"I am hoping the Douglas Bader pieces will go to a private collector or a museum in Britain. The most valuable item is his Alvis car from 1963."

The car alone is likely to fetch 60,000, he added.

Among the lots are personal items that belonged to Hitler's mistress - and later wife - Eva Braun, including a scent bottle and glass bowl.

It is expected that the combined collections will fetch over 215,000. The items are being sold as a private treaty - which involves sealed bids - in Boston.

The auctioneer said there was no closing date for offers.



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