News-Antique.com - Dec 19,2007 - In a recent auction held by Manion’s International Auction House, a leader in the sale of historic collectibles, an original 1911 dated watercolor of Vienna’s Votivkirche, painted by failed German dictator Adolf Hitler, brought the sum of $40,000.00.
“I’ve seen a few of his paintings over the years and they always amaze me,” said Manion’s representative John Conway. “It’s just one of those aspects of WWII history that you hear about, but almost don’t really believe it could be true.”
It is a known fact that the failed German dictator had aspired to be an artist, prior to the megalomaniacal activity for which he will always be remembered, but his paintings do portray an idiosyncratic side of evil.
“This is quite an interesting glimpse into the soul of one of the most infamous figures in world history,” said Conway in a previous release about the initial offering. “To look at these renditions, one would think the hand that held the brush belonged to a gentle man – but history has revealed the opposite.”
While Manion’s International has sold other original Hitler paintings in the past, this is the highest price the company had seen one reach. The company is currently featuring another work by Hitler, a pen and ink watercolor, entitled "Shelter in Fournes", which is referenced in "Adolf Hitler the Unknown Artist" by Billy E. Price.
Manion’s International Auction House, Inc. brokers the sale of thousands of military and historic collectibles every month for bidders and consignors all over the world. Membership with Manion’s is free. For more information visit www.manions.com or call 866.626.4661 – ext. 1018.