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Hitler's sketches to be auctioned in UK

2010-03-26 11:26 BJT

BEIJING, March 26(Xinhuanet) -- The sketches of Adolf Hitler, owned by an anonymous artist, will be auctioned in the UK on April 16, according to media reports.

One of the drawings of Adolf Hitler. Those sketches wil be auctioned in the UK on April 16. The 19-year-old Hitler submitted them in an effort to win a place at the prestigious Vienna Academy of Art in 1908. (Photo Source: CRIOnline.com)
One of the drawings of Adolf Hitler. Those sketches will
be auctioned in the UK on April 16. The 19-year-old 
Hitler submitted them in an effort to win a place at the
prestigious Vienna Academy of Art in 1908. 
(Photo Source: CRIonline.com)

Hitler submitted those drawings at te age 19 in an effort to enter the prestigious Vienna Academy of Art in 1908.

Those sketches are expected to fetch 8,929 U.S.dollars at auction in Ludlow, Shrops.

Auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes said: "We know he was twice turned down by the Vienna Academy of Art. The second time in 1908 he wasn't even invited to take the exam. These works make up a collection he would have submitted.

"It is possible Hitler's rejection from the Vienna Academy of Art was something that helped shape his character and turn him into the monster he became. It's the first time the pictures have come to light and can be seen by the general public."

Art expert Michael Liversidge said the works show little real talent.

He added: "There's no latent genius here and not much beyond a moderate GCSE. The academy selectors were right to reject him. Now they have an altogether different historical interest for us." (1 pound= 1.488 U.S. dollar)