Signed photo of Adolf Hitler set to fetch up to £20,000 at auction

Signed photo of Adolf Hitler set to fetch up to £20,000 at auction

A photo of Adolf Hitler will be auctioned

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A signed photo of Adolf Hitler which was handed by the Nazi leader himself to former Prime Minister David Lloyd George is to be sold.

It is thought it could make between £15,000 and £20,000 at auction, after it was discovered in items owned by a bookdealers in London who has passed away.

The photo is dated September 4 1936 and was given to George when he visited Hitler in the Bavarian Alps. During the 1930s Lloyd George was said to be pro-German.

The portrait is inscribed: "Mister Lloyd George, zur freundlichen Erinnerung an seinen Beitrag in meinen Deutschland in umsichtiger Vorahnung, Adolf Hitler, Berchtesgaden den 4 /Sept. 1936."

This means:  "Mister Lloyd George, in kind remembrance of his contribution to my Germany with circumspect presentiment, Adolf Hitler, Berchtesgaden, 4th September 1936."

The auctioneer Chris Albury said: "This is one of the most historically charged autograph items we have ever handled in 30 years.

"It is mind-boggling to us now to think that the meeting between David Lloyd George and Adolf Hitler ever took place at all."

He described handling the photo as "very eerie, the whole arc of the horror of Hitler's rise to power seeming to be encapsulated in this one item, with the additional sense of dread and foreboding for the war that was coming."

Albury also admitted when he first heard about it he thought it would not be genuine but when it realised it was he said "I almost fell off my chair."

The photograph will be auctioned at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Gloucestershire on November 9.