• Hitler’s personal telephone was sold at an auction
• The phone was sold to a client who bid by phone for $243,000
• The phone is emblazoned with Hitler’s name and a Nazi Party symbol
A red telephone owned by Adolf Hitler, Führer of Nazi, Germany, has been sold at an auction for $243,000 to a buyer who made a bid by phone on Sunday afternoon, February 19. Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions said the auction house does not disclose identities of buyers.
As per NY Daily News, bidding for Hitler’s telephone, which is emblazoned with his name and a Nazi party symbol, started at $100,000.
Officials from the auction house called the telephone a “weapon of mass destruction” because it is was almost certainly used by Hitler in giving orders that took many lives during World War II.
The red Seimens W38 rotary dial telephone was given to the German dictator by the Wehrmacht; the unified armed forces of Nazi, Germany. It was found by Soviet soldiers when they swooped on Hitler’s bunker in Berlin in 1945.
The Russian officers presented the telephone to British officer, Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner, when he visited the bunker after Berlin’s fall.
The auction house sold the telephone on behalf of Rayner’s son.