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21 pictures attributed to Adolf Hitler to be auctioned in Britain

Twenty-one watercolors and sketches attributed to Adolf Hitler are to be sold by a British auction house Sept. 26, officials said Friday.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Twenty-one watercolors and sketches attributed to Adolf Hitler are to be sold by a British auction house Sept. 26, officials said Friday.

Ian Morris, auctioneer at Jefferys Auctioneers at Lostwithiel in Cornwall, southwest England, said the pictures were made when Hitler was a soldier serving in Flanders during World War I.

The pictures, mostly pallid landscapes, are not regarded as adept, but the auctioneers say some could sell for up to $8,000 apiece.

"They were painted in his formative years before he became political," Morris told British Broadcasting Corp. television, "so you could look at the pictures and see the psychology inside the man's head, rather than what he became."

Holocaust survivor Ellen Davis said the sale was an attempt to remember Hitler as an artist, "when he is remembered as a monster. He was not an artist."

"If I had it (a painting) in my house, I think I would have my house fumigated _ I would put it out on my lawn and set a match to it," she said.