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Lot 8115: Adolf Hitler (attributed to) – a watercolour painting "Dominikanerkirche in Wien"

German Historical Collectibles from 1919 to the Present

by Hermann Historica GmbH

04 November 2016

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Description: Watercolours on paper, signed on the lower right "A. Hitler" and dated "1910". In mount, dimensions framed 37 x 41 cm. Comes with an expertise by Peter Jahn, dated "Vienna, 18. April 1982", in which Jahn describes the watercolour as an "excellent original from the hand of Adolf Hitler". The report with photograph confirmed by the Viennese notary Dr. Anton Moser on 21 April 1982. The Dominican Church (St. Maria Rotunda), originally built in 1237, was rebuilt twice, the last time in the 17th century. It is a Roman-Catholic parish church in Vienna, located on the Dominikanerbastei, Postgasse 4 a, in the 1st Municipal District of Vienna Innere Stadt. Peter Jahn was an art historian commissioned by the NSDAP in 1937 through the German Embassy in Vienna to search for watercolours painted by Hitler in Vienna. Having permanent contact with Dr. Schulte-Strathaus, Dr. Detig, Dr. Lehmann, Heinrich Hoffmann and the Brown House in Munich, he purchased a considerable number of Hitler's paintings in Vienna during the Third Reich for the Historical Department of the NSDAP Central Archives and was therefore regarded as one of the leading experts on Hitler's works. Even though he considered this watercolour to be an original work by Hitler, we have doubts whether this attribution is correct. The NSDAP paid copious amounts of money for Hitler's paintings, on average ca. 5.000 to 6.000 Reichsmark (ca. 50.000 Euros), in some cases even up to 30.000 Reichsmark. Peter Jahn was also an advisor and friend of Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, and contributed to the establishment of the latter's noted collection of watercolours by Hitler in Longleat, Wilthsire.

Condition Report: II

Notes: Drittes Reich Zeitgeschichte
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