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Lot 781

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Rare pair of relic-condition building materials salvaged from the Obersalzberg house of MARTIN BORMANN (1900 - 1945), the 'proprieter' of Obersalzberg during the Third Reich, including a wooden panel, measuring 44 x 11.75 in., and a clay-fired brick, measuring 9 x 4.5 x 3.25 in. Providing unique provenance, the lot is sold with two black frames, measuring 11.25 x 14.25 in. and 18.5 x 14.25 in. respectively, housing 14 photographs of the salvagers at Obersalzberg, including multiple images with them directly holding the objects included with this grouping. Also sold with an informative and well-illustrated booklet, 'The Obersalzberg and the 3. Reich', providing details about Obersalzberg in general and describing Bormann's two-story country house as "spacious and luxurious" with "...wood paneling on the outside". Four pieces. In 1935, Reichsleiter Bormann was appointed as overseer of renovations at the Berghof, Hitler's property at Obersalzberg. Utilizing this power to further his political influence, Bormann built his own home nearby and could therefore constantly attend to the Fuhrer, acting as his personal secretary. In this capacity, he began to control the flow of information and access to Hitler, and by the end of World War II, Bormann had become second only to Hitler himself in terms of real political power.

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October 29, 2020, 10:00 AM EST

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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