A pencil believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler and given to him by Eva Braun is set to go on auction this week.
The item has drawn interest ahead of its upcoming trip under the hammer in Belfast.
It is said to have been given to the twisted Nazi by his partner for his 52nd birthday on April 20, 1941.
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Originally purchased by a collector in 2002, its top is enscribed with the initials “AH” and elsewhere the word “Eva”.
The possible sale, expected to be between around £50,000 to £80,000, comes at an interesting time for auctions in the area.
An 1869 pardon from Queen Victoria is also set to be auctioned that is believed to have been written for Irish rebels, while a signed picture of Hitler is also going up for sale at Bloomfield Auctions in east Belfast.
The unusual range of items is expected to draw attention from all around, with specialist collectors expected to be the primary customers..
Managing director of Bloomfield Auctions Karl Bennett told the Independent: “The importance of Hitler’s engraved personal pencil lies in the fact that it helps to unravel a hidden piece of history, giving a unique insight into Hitler’s personal relationships, which he scrupulously kept hidden from the public eye.
“This included his relationship with Eva, the woman who stood by him from the start of his dictatorship and joined him in ending their lives together in the Berlin bunker as the city around them fell to the Allied forces.
“Much of Hitler’s personal appeal during his dictatorship derived from his carefully constructed identity as the father of the German nation, who rejected personal connection in favour of loyalty to his country.
“This love token of a personalised pencil from Eva on his birthday helps reveal the deception behind Hitler’s public facade.”
Substantial work goes into checking items’ legitimacy, Karl said.
“It’s through a process of a lot of research, working with the vendors of the items, where they obtained them from and where they have got the provenance from,” he said.
“It’s with a lot of research, a lot of collaboration with the vendors of each of the items, that I can stand over as an auctioneer and give me confidence that what I’m telling people I’m selling is the actual item.
“I’ve no doubt from selling previous items that there will be a lot of interest from across the world.”
He also said he understood why the topic of the pencil was a delicate one and added how the auction was in no way memorialising the dictator.
He added: “I understand why some people may struggle to understand why items like these are sold and collected, but for me, as a high-end collector of militaria items, they preserve a piece of our past and should be treated as historical objects, no matter if the history they refer to was one of the darkest and most controversial in recorded history.
“These items give us concrete ties to the past so that we can never forget.”
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