Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2019
Fine relic recovered by an American G.I. from the ruins of Hitler's Berghof at Berchtesgaden, a 2" x 1" x 1/2" piece chipped away from the massive red and gray marble fireplace in Hitler's living room. This piece has the same grain and coloring as other verified sections of the same fireplace sold by us in the past. One example was a very substantial 8" x 3" piece engraved: "FIREPLACE HITLER'S HOUSE BERCHTESGADEN 1946". Other pieces of this fireplace have come to market, most often tiny sections presented in an ashtray reading: "Flick Your Ashes on Hitler's Hearth". These examples also match the piece being offered here. The marble was stored in a hand-carved wooden box with German crest, along with the unknown G.I.'s two shoulder patches, his five "hash marks" sleeve patch, and a period shoulder patch from the U.S. 2nd Chemical Battalion. Two notes were also present with these relics, both written by noted artist EDWARD VEBELL (1921–2018). Vebell, in later life a nationally-recognized illustrator, served as a staff artist for Stars & Stripes during World War II, as well as the official courtroom artist for the Nuremberg war trials. His notes identify the relics, and indicate that he purchased them in 1975 - but he could not recall the soldier's name. A copy of the soldier's patches and Vebell's notes are included with the fireplace relic, which is absolutely guaranteed genuine for life.
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $140.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $468.00
Estimate: $300 - $400
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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