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The name Adolf Hitler must resonate a lot of mixed feelings and impressions. He goes by dictator, ruler and many different names but perhaps not artist although he was one who was quite good at.
In a recent auction, his painting of a Bavarian castle fetched €391,000 although many are disputing his credibility as a serious artist but is seen as a remarkable amount paid for the man responsible for millions of deaths during his reign.
The painting was a scenery depicting Bavaria’s famous fairytale castle Neuschwanstein painted using watercolour and was the highest price among the collection of works by Hitler. Signed ‘A Hitler’ together, it was part of 14 other works produced between 1904 and 1922 which was a long time before he came into power. There were bidders from across the world including China, Brazil and even Germany, reports Kahrin Weidler of the Weidler Auction house.
Hitler was in his late teens and early twenties when he tried his hand in painting to become an artist and it was believed that he produced some 700 pieces of work. He had written in Mein Kampf that he failed to become an artist after the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts rejected him numerous times.