Three watercolour paintings attributed to the former German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler are being auctioned in Berlin.
The paintings are the work of a young man deciding what to do with his life. Part of him wanted to visually document the beauty of the Austrian countryside, the other part to kill six million Jews and take over the world.
Fascinatingly, the pictures contain hints of the path he eventually chose. They are painted exclusively in pale colours (even the blackbirds are white) and his perspective is really fucking twisted.
Auctioneers said that while they had “no artistic value”, the pictures could sell for thousands of euros.
Yes, there is apparently a lucrative market for terrible artwork produced by evil mass-murdering maniacs.
Also for sale is a papier-mâché giraffe made by Pol Pot and a collage by Idi Amin comprised of uncooked pasta glued to some blue card.
Three years ago a ‘castle’ made of pipe cleaners – which looked more like ‘some pipe cleaners mashed together by a chimpanzee’ – was sold for upwards of £300,000 simply because it was the handiwork of Joseph Stalin.
“If you walk down the Seine and see 100 artists, 80 will be better than this,” said a spokesperson for the Kloss auction house in Berlin.
That said, Hitler was an early pioneer of using a toothbrush to apply texture – he would dip his moustache in paint and flick it over the canvas.
Hitler was twice rejected from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.
The admissions tutor who advised him to ‘stick to the day job’ never quite got over the guilt he felt about causing World War Two.
In his book Mein Kampf, Hitler claimed to have produced as many as three paintings a day.
Sadly he was to become even more prolific at producing landscapes of unspeakable horror as time went on.