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Hitler watercolour goes to auction in US

AFP/The Local · 24 Mar 2015, 11:17

Published: 24 Mar 2015 11:17 GMT+01:00

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The 1912 canvas, painted by the Nazi-leader-to-be when he was a struggling artist in his mid-20s, is going under the hammer at the Nate D. Sanders auction house on Thursday.

The 13.5- by 10.75-inch (34.3- by 27.3-cm) painting shows a blue ceramic pitcher holding orange, red and soft pink flowers - an unusual subject at a time when Hitler was focusing more on landscapes and architecture.

Bidding for the canvas will start at $30,000. The previous owner has not been identified. 

Austrian-born Hitler moved from Linz to Vienna in 1908 as a young man to try to make it as an artist. 

He was twice rejected by the Vienna Academy of Art, but ironically a Jewish art dealer believed in his talent and sold several Hitler paintings to wealthy Viennese Jewish clients beginning in 1911.

Hitler moved to Munich in 1913, having been unable to make a living as a painter.

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When the anti-Semitic Nazi leader swept to power in the 1930s his forces seized Morgenstern's gallery and he was deported to the Lodz Ghetto, where he died in 1943, according to the Los Angeles auction house.

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