Signed copy of Mein Kampf set to fetch £30k at auction

Mein Kampf

Adolf Hitler's signature on the copy of Mein Kampf. Image: SWNS

Thursday, February 7, 2019

A copy of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler is expected to sell for up to £30,000 at auction.

The book features vellum bindings and gold lettering, and was given by Hitler to fellow Nazi, Hermann Esser, on Christmas Eve in 1925.

A dedication inside reads: “Hermann Esser the good old comrade on the occasion of Christmas 1925.”

The book is one of 20 limited editions that were produced out of the 500 originally printed.

The copy was previously owned by Hermann Esser. Image: SWNS

Signed copies of the book were only handed out to a select few of Hitler’s inner circle.

Esser's copy was purchased by an Australian collector and is now being sold at auction with a guide price of up to £30,000.

It will go under the hammer at Mullocks Auctioneers in Ludlow, Shropshire, on February 23.

A spokesperson said: “This is probably the rarest ever edition of Mein Kampf ever to be offered at auction. It is one of 20 – you can’t get much rarer than that.

 

 

“Unsigned copies of the 1925 edition make thousands of pounds in their own right as they are so rare but this copy is one of a very small group within the 500 that were produced.” 

Esser joined the Nazi party with Hitler in 1920 and became the editor of the organisation’s newspaper Völkischer Beobachter.

He was also a member of the Reichstag and, in the early rise of the Nazi party, was Hitler’s de facto deputy.

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