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'Hitler Paintings' Go Unsold At Nuremberg Auction

A set of paintings that were attributed to Adolf Hitler have failed to find buyers at a highly controversial auction. The sale took place after a number of paintings were seized on suspicion they were fake.

'Hitler Paintings' Go Unsold At Nuremberg Auction

Five paintings believed to have been the work of Adolf Hitler failed to attract buyers on Saturday, in a sale that was branded as being in bad taste.

The artworks that were on sale all depicted landscapes, with the most expensive — a view of a mountain lake — having a starting price of 45,000 euros ($51,000).

Although none of the paintings were sold, a table cloth and Meissen vase that were thought to have been owned by Hitler fetched 630 euros and 5,500 euros respectively.

A wicker chair featuring a swastika thought to have been owned by the Nazi leader also went unsold.

'Hitler Paintings' Go Unsold At Nuremberg Auction
No investigation was deemed necessary in the case of the five paintings that went up for auction

The sale, held by the Weidler auction house, took place in the city of Nuremberg. Mayor Ulrich Maly described the auction as "lacking in style and taste."

In the days leading up to the auction, some 63 paintings carrying the signature "A. H." or "A. Hitler" that had been due for auction by Weidler were seized by authorities because of doubts over their authenticity. Twenty-three of the paintings were due to have gone on sale on Saturday.