Hitler's Wife's Monogrammed Knickers Sold For $5000 In An Auction

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The Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's wife, Eva Braun's alleged pair of pink underpants and nightgown were sold for nearly $5,000 at an auction on September 20

Written By Aanchal Nigam | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's wife, Eva Braun's alleged knickers were sold for nearly $5,000 at an auction on September 20. The pair of pink silk underpants with a personal monogram reportedly came from a private European World War II collection. The anonymous buyer from the United Kingdom who bade on the phone bought the knickers with $4,620 and Braun's cotton nightgown for $3,204. In addition to the undergarments of Hitler's wife, the auctioneers also placed her gold-plated bracelet from 1938 which bears swastika symbol for auction. The knickers were initially expected to be sold for nearly $1000 a day before the auction actually took place. 

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Auction was criticized

While the owners of auction houses who have placed items owned by Nazis at auctions have defended their companies for their actions, the families of holocaust survivors have reportedly found the entire process as “appalling”. Items like Nazi sash, a campaign leaflet, a child's helmet of various German army personnel were auctioned in Dublin and the son of a Holocaust survivor described it as tasteless. However, it is legal to sell Nazi items and auctioneers also believe it to be a part of “fine art” business. Even though some lawmakers have previously asked to ban the sales of these type of goods.

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'Perennial interest'

As reported by an international media, the owner of the auction company, Humbert and Ellis who hosted the bidding, said that there is still a perennial interest in the personal artifacts from such notorious and high-level figures of World War II. They also said that such items command high prices even without the origin. Facebook was, however, urged to block sales of Nazi items. Earlier way back in 2016, another pair of Braun's snickers were sold in an auction by a different company for nearly $3692 in Malvern. 

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