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Hitler's brush work goes under hammer

THIRTEEN paintings attributed to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, including a self portrait painted when he was a struggling artist in Vienna, are to be sold in Britain.

The works will go under the hammer on April 23, said auctioneer Mullocks.

Two years ago, 21 paintings attributed to Hitler were sold for 118,000 pounds (US$171,040), more than twice the pre-sale estimate, by an auction house in Cornwall. But some art experts had doubts about the paintings' authenticity.

"I've seen quite a bit of Hitler art, and the subjects tend to be the same," said Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents expert who will hold the sale for Mullocks. He said Hitler liked to paint pictures of flowers and romantic landscapes with cottages.

In the self portrait, a watercolor, Hitler sits pensively on a stone bridge, wearing a brown suit. His face lacks a nose and mouth, as well the trademark square moustache.


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