Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2019
Original postcard photograph, 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" b/w, a view of Adolf Hitler's half-sister, Angela Raubal, congratulating a skier. Her daughter, Geli Raubal, is visible behind her at the right side of the frame. A black ink inscription on the verso indicates that Angela is congratulating the champion of a skiing tournament held in Berchtesgaden in 1931. The verso also bears the partial backstamp of photographer "F.G. Zeitz". Shows minor toning and bumps to the corners, else very good. GELI RAUBAL (1908-1931) was Hitler's half-niece and alleged by some to have been his lover. She accompanied her mother when she became Hitler's housekeeper in 1925, and Geli spent the next six years in close contact with her half-uncle. Raubal moved into Hitler's Munich apartment in 1929 when she enrolled in college. As he rose to power, Hitler was domineering and possessive of Raubal. When he discovered she was having a relationship with his chauffeur, Emil Maurice, he forced an end to the affair and dismissed Maurice from his service. After that he did not allow her to freely associate with friends, and attempted to have himself or someone he trusted near her at all times, accompanying her on shopping trips, to the movies, and to the opera. Raubal was in effect a prisoner, but planned to escape to Vienna to continue her singing lessons. He and Raubal argued on Sep. 18, 1931—he refused to allow her to go. The next day Raubal was dead from a gunshot wound to the lung; she had shot herself in Hitler's apartment with Hitler's Walther pistol. Hitler slid into a deep depression and later declared that Raubal was the only woman he had ever loved.
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Minimum Bid: $50.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $112.50
Estimate: $100 - $160
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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