Hitler’s personal telephone placed on U.S. auction block

A Maryland auction house is set to auction off Adolph Hitler's personal telephone that was found in his bunker in 1945. The bidding is set to start at $100,000, but the seller hopes for it to sell for at least $300,000.Photo by Alexander Historical Auctions/EPA

Feb. 18 (UPI) — A red telephone personally used by Adolph Hitler during World War II is set to be auctioned in Maryland.

Auction house Alexander Historical Auctions said the bidding in Chesapeake City will begin at $100,000 and its current owner, the son of British officer Sir Ralph Rayner, hopes it will sell for as much as $300,000.

The phone has Hitler’s name engraved at the bottom and was found in his Berlin bunker in 1945.

It was originally gifted to Hitler by the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany, and later presented to Rayner by Russian officers after Germany’s surrender.

Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions referred to the phone which Hitler used to deliver deadly orders during the war as a “weapon of mass destruction.”

He said his hope is for the phone to be placed in a museum to allow people who view it to “really understand what extreme fascist thinking can bring about.”


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