Lot 1036

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A superlative Adolf Hitler piece, his original sketch of an entrance to either an exhibition building or theater hand-drawn by Hitler and given to his confidante and advisor on architectural matters, ALBERT SPEER (1905-1981), the Minister of Armaments and War Production, later convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg. The detailed sketch was executed by Hitler on a 7 x 8.5 in. sheet of lined paper, mounted to a cardboard backing. It depicts several columns in the monolithic style favored by Hitler. On the verso is the number ‘61' by Speer, a catalog number indicating which sketch this is out of the 125 retained by him. In Speer's memoirs ‘Inside the Third Reich' on page 146, he discusses his collection of Hitler sketches. In part: ‘...I kept these quick sketches of Hitler's, noting their dates and subjects, and have preserved them to this day. It is interesting that of total hundred and twenty-five such drawings, a good fourth of them relate to the Linz building project, which was always closest to his heart. Equally frequent are sketches for theaters...'. Accompanying this lot is a copy of a certificate of provenance from the grandson of Albert Speer, Berthold Speer. In 2022 Berthold sent this sketch along with approx. 30 other sketches to German militaria auctioneers Herman Historica for auction, approx. 12 of which are documented in Billy F. Price's book ‘Adolf Hitler: The Unknown Artist'. This particular sketch can be seen in Price's book under the number, 678. Hitler was a dedicated opera devotee, especially of the works of Wagner, and often attended performances in Germany and abroad.

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November 30, 2023 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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