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Lot 795

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Description:
Complete set of 28 dominoes, each approx. 1.75 x 1 in., taken from Adolf Hitler's yacht, the 'Aviso Grille' at the time she was scrapped. The pieces are clearly vintage, constructed of a hard composite material, ca. early 1930s. The set is housed within a 6.25 x 3.5 in. cardboard box, in which the pieces remain snugly in place, though the lid of the box is absent and the box itself may not be original. Some pieces discolored, else fine condition. These pieces were taken from the 'Aviso Grille" when she was scrapped at in New Jersey in 1951. Sold with a copy of a notarized letter of provenance from the son of the original owner, who notes: '...My father...was a close friend with the owners of the Doan Salvage Yard. The yard owner personally invited him to the yard and gave him the opportunity to purchase items still aboard the vessel. My father selected a number of important relics and souvenirs, including the items being sold with this letter...These items have remained in the possession of my family since the day my father purchased them from the Aviso Grille...' This copy of the original letter of provenance is again initialed by the consignor at bottom, and is witnessed by our auctioneer. Fine condition. The Grille was a dispatch boat built in Nazi Germany for the Kriegsmarine in the mid-1930s, for use as a state yacht by the dictator Adolf Hitler and other individuals in the Nazi regime. 'Aviso Grille', would entertain the the highest echelons of the Nazi administration and military. Her 30+ staterooms housed guests including Benito Mussolini, Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels, Miklos Horthy, Hess, and many others from Germany and the Axis countries. Hitler was the most frequent visitor, showing off his ship and usually spending three or four nights on board. On May 1, 1945, Grand-Admiral Donitz announced the death of Hitler from the foredeck of the vessel.

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October 29, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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