Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazis and was in many ways instrumental in the devastation of World War II. He was also directly involved in the Holocaust which saw to the death of millions of jews.
For these reasons, to date, his name is able to inspire a sense of horrific awe but although he is most assuredly represented on the wrong side of history, there do exist some people who are still ardent admirers of him and his legacy.
Adolf Hitler’s personal telephone was auctioned off on Sunday and sold for a whooping $243,000. It is touted, by the US selling house which handled the auction, as the telephone that Hitler used to dictate a great many World War II commands.
Hitler’s personal telephone had initially been a black Bakelite phone but it had been later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler’s name. The phone was allegedly found in his Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime’s defeat.
The aution house charged with the sale, Alexander Historical Auctions, had estimated the worth of Hitler’s personal phone to be between $200,000 and $300,000 and had fixed the starting bid at $100,000.
Hitler’s Personal Telephone; A Destructive Weapon In Its Own Right
Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander House spoke to AFP telling them that the estimates were based on a number of factors, including “rarity and uniqueness.” To that end, the auction house said in a statement;
“It would be impossible to find a more impactful relic than the primary tool used by the most evil man in history,”
“This was not a staid office telephone.”
“This was Hitler’s mobile device of destruction.”
Alexander House, which also dubbed the phone as “arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time, which sent millions to their deaths”, did not reveal the identity of the person who won the bid with $243,000. The winner had bid for the item by telephone.
The phone is now more than 70 years old and is embossed with a swastika and the eagle symbolic of the Third Reich. The crimson paint which it was covered with is now peeling, revealing splotches of the original synthetic black resin surface and giving the phone a rather sinister look.
Russian officers had surrendered the phone to British Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner during a tour of the bunker shortly after Germany’s surrender and it was Rayner’s son who inherited the phone and put it up for auction.