Lot 1040

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An important relic from Hermann Goring's office at his Berlin home, a 20" x 26" sterling silver frame which Goring had made by the prestigious Berlin jewelers Zeitner to contain a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The frame appears to be hammered, though is described as being "slick", and bears an 8" x 18" silver-bordered support bracket on the verso, which is entirely covered in brown velvet. The frame bears Zeitner's hallmarks on verso, as well as a "925" purity stamp. Within the frame is an authentic portrait of Hitler bearing an ink Hoffmann bankstamp, though appraently this image is not original to the frame, which contained a signed image. The frame bears three holes at top which once held a Nazi device of some type, likely removed at the time of the state-mandated auction of Goring's belongings by Weinmuller auctions. At bottom appears a post-war addition of Goring's crest, which could be easily eradicated. Photo bears a deep indentation beneath Hitler's ear, and glass is missing, otheriwse this relic is in very good condition. This great rarity bears extensive supporting provenance. It was originally auctioned by Weinmuller, as noted above, then passed into the hands of two other owners, before being sold by historian/dealer Ben Swearingen to the collection of Evan Lattimer. A great deal of descriptive correspondence between Swearingen and Dr. John Lattimer is included, which also refers to the frame being pictured in books be Swearingen, Speer, and photographer Hoffmann. A documented item, worthy of restoration.

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May 14, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
Stamford, CT, US

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