Signed Mein Kampf sells at auction
A signed copy of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has been sold at auction for £17,000.
The edition from 1935, complete with swastika and eagle embossed cover, is described as extremely rate thanks to Hitler’s aversion to signing memorabilia such as books. The auction was hosted by Silverwoods of Clitheroe, Lancashire where Auctioneer James Thompson said he thought it would sell for a maximum of £2,500 because most people, “wouldn't touch anything Nazi with a bargepole.” Following the war there was a concerted effort to destroy things related to the Third Reich, including defacing medals. There is, however, a distinct split in the collecting community, as Nazi-era memorabilia is now more sought after than any other era, attracting higher prices.
The book’s provenance is solid as it was given to a former BBC journalist, Peter Cadogan, when he visited Munich in the 1930s. Cadogan was acquainted with Unity Mitford, one of the socialite Mitford sisters, who was a devotee and close friend of Hitler, and it was Unity who convinced Hitler to sign the book.
The book was auctioned by Mr Cadogan's family and the sale went to an unnamed internet bidder for a private collection.