Hitler’s personal copy of Mein Kampf set to fetch more than $100,000 (£62,000) at auction
Adolf Hitler’s personal copy of Mein Kampf is set to fetch more than $100,000 (£62,000) when it goes under the hammer this weekend.
The book – a 1932 version of the Fuhrer’s autobiography – was discovered in his Munich apartment in 1945.
Auctioneer Craig Gottlieb, who is selling the 1932 edition on his website HistoryHunter.com, believes it’s the only copy which belonged to Hitler.
A signed copy recently sold for £48,000 (more than $70,000) at a British auction – one of the reasons the personal copy is set to eclipse that.
Mein Kampf – which translates to “My Struggle” – was written by the Nazi leader to outline his future plans for Germany and was published in 1925.
Craig said: “This item is special as it’s the only copy of Mein Kampf that belonged to Hitler – and although controversial and evil, he changed the world.
“The book is far more important than mere signed copies.
“I am acutely aware of the controversial nature of some of the things I sell but controversial or not, they’re a part of history and shunning them is like shunning the history they represent.
“For some, a museum or a book does it, but for me, I have to hold an artefact in my hands – they’re like little time machines.”
The auction closes at 12PM PDT (7PM GMT) on Saturday November 1.