German auction house pulls Adolf Hitler artworks days before sale

Thirty-one artworks said to have been painted by Adolf Hitler will be auctioned on Saturday in Nuremberg, with the highest starting price set at more than $50,000. 

A German auction house has been forced to pull several paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler just days before they were due to be put up for sale.

This Saturday, Auktionhaus Weidler in Nuremberg, Germany, was set to auction off 31 drawings and watercolor landscapes attributed to the Nazi dictator.

But on Wednesday, they announced that “some of the pictures have to be canceled due to a review. A press release from the auction house insisted “this does not necessarily mean that they are forgeries.”

But Stefan Koldehoff, cultural editor for Deutschlandfunk (German public radio) disagreed.

“I think the Bavarian State police have asked the auction house for proofs of authenticity and the auction house was not able to produce them,” said Koldehoff, an expert on Nazi art and paintings looted by the Germans during World War II.

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