Adolf Hitler's telephone sold at auction for £194,000

Adolf Hitler's telephone sold at auction for £194,000

Adolf Hitler used his telephone to give orders (Stock image)

Monday, February 20, 2017

A telephone that used to belong to Adolf Hitler has sold at an auction in Maryland for $243,000 (£194,000).

The phone was sold yesterday (February 19) to an anonymous bidder, RT has reported.

The bright red phone was first discovered in Hitler's Berlin bunker, where he hid before his death in 1945.

The phone was originally black, but was then painted red and engraved with Hilter’s name, the Third Reich symbol of an eagle and a swastika.

Alexander Historical Auctions described the phone as "arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time" as it is said that Hitler gave most of his orders with the phone during the last two years of World War Two.

It is also said that he carried the phone with him when he travelled, used in headquarters as well as trains and cars.

The phone was given to British Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner by Russian officers soon after the war ended. He passed it on to his son Ranulf when he died.

Many UK museums rejected the phone, and so he decided to put it up at auction.

During the auction a porcelain Alsatian dog which used to belong to Hitler was also sold for $24,300 (£19,000).