10 Expensive Things Owned By German Dictator Adolf Hitler
He was one of the worst Dictators in European History, He murdered over 6 million Jews and was held responsible for the deaths of well over 60 million people with an estimated net worth before his death of over $10 Million Dollars He’s Adolf Hitler and Vidello Productions is taking a look at 11 expensive things he owned.
Adolf Hitler owned one of the most expensive Mercedes-Benz to be produced at the time in Germany.
The car was extremely expensive to run but was used on many state occasions including military visits to conquered capital cities.
The Mercedes-Benz 770 was also known as the Grober Mercedes or Large Mercedes and was a successor to the Mercedes-Benz Typ 630.
The car was powered by an eight in-line cylinder engine which could produce 155 break horsepower and was one of 7 used by Hitler while he was Fuhrer.
9. Berghof Residence
Another one of Hitler’s famous command center’s that’s also located in Obersalzberg on the Bavarian Alps.
The complex was rebuilt and expanded in 1935 and was to be Hitler’s vacation residence for 10 years before it was destroyed by retreating SS troops in 1945 and pulled down by Allied Troops in 1952.
The complex featured a large terrace, entrance hall, dining room, great hall, telephone switchboard room and library.
Many guests visited the house during the war and these included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937 and Benito Mussolini in 1941.
8. Mien Kampf
Written by Hitler while he was impassioned after an attempted coup in 1923 this political manifesto and autobiography follows Hitlers plans for Germany after his release.
The book was originally going to be only 1 version however it soon became clear that a second volume would need to be published.
Sales from the book were used to pay his legal fees and later would go on to earn him a fortune that would be used to pay for houses and cars.
Whats interesting is that the book was actually re-published in 2016 after the copy-write held by the Bavarian government expired.
7. Stolen Gold
Looted and plundered from every corner of Europe, Adolf Hitler once controlled the largest amount of gold in the known world.
Some of the gold is still missing today and a large collection was found stored in Merkers salt mine.
It is thought that at the beginning of WW2, Hitler plundered around $71 Million Dollars worth of stolen gold.
During the peak of the war this increased on a massive scale to fund the German war effort and totals of up to $550 Million Dollars worth of gold were seized by the Nazi’s.
Gold laundering was well practiced by the regime during the war and a large part of the fortune has never been found.
6. Stolen Artwork
In the years leading up to the outbreak of WW2, Adolf Hitler was a dedicated painter and produced hundreds of works that he later sold to earn a living while residing in Vienna.
The art collection is thought to be worth millions of dollars with some of the smaller collections selling for upwards of $100,000 dollars.
It is estimated that there are between 300 and 600 paintings produced by Hitler, and given that the average painting sells for around $40,000 dollars this would give his total art work collection a price tag of around $24 Million Dollars.
Built under the new Reich Chancellery, this multi level bunker was one of the biggest underground bunkers in Nazi Germany.
The bunker was completed in two separate phases in 1936 and 1944 and became the main headquarters of the Nazi party when Hitler moved into the Bunker on the 16th January 1945.
It was the site where he not only married Eva Braun, but also committed suicide after realizing that the war against the allies was lost.
The lower part of the bunker was situated about 28 feet below the gardens of the Reich Chancellery and contained Hitler’s living quarters as well as living quarters for some of the most trusted people in the regime.
The Vorbunker, or Forward Bunker was located higher up and was for administration and housed the living areas for many of the guards stationed at the complex.
The cost is thought to have been around 1.5 million Reichsmarks.
4. Reich Chancellery Globe
Designed specifically for Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, this globe is also known as The Columbus Globe for State and Industry Leaders, Hitler’s Globe or Fuhrer Globe.
It was commissioned in the 1930’s and spent most of its days in Hitler’s office.
Several of the globes survived the war, although they sustained some damage during their capture by soviet and allied forces.
It’s unclear if Hitler ever used the globe as it does not appear in any pictures of him however it was ordered moved from the old Reich Chancellery building to the new one in 1939.
The globe was always seen as a representation of his desire for world conquest and in 2007 a globe was sold for a record price of $100,000 in the United States.
3. Wine Glasses
Etched with both Hitler’s Initials and Swastikas, these glasses were used at all formal dinners that Hitler attended.
The glasses feature the eagle symbol of the regime and they are thought to have been seized in Hitler’s Berlin bunker where he died.
It’s thought that the glasses that may well have been used by Hitler on many occasions could sell at auction for somewhere in the region of $11,000 dollars.
2. Cutlery Set
Adolf Hitler is said to have owned a large amount of cutlery sets, some of which were made from Gold and had both his initials and insignia on them.
The cutlery discovered included everything from knives, forks, spoons and even a Gravy ladle.
Other items discovered included formal napkins and napkin rings and special serving spoons that would be used on buffets.
It’s thought that many of the finds were discovered hidden in Hitler’s homes and some were stolen and only discovered years later.
It has been hard to set a price on the items; however each individual piece of cutlery can expect to sell for between $4000 and $8000 dollars.
1. Eagles Nest
Completed in 1938 and located high above Obersalzberg is a Third Reich building that was used by Adolf Hitler during WW2 and was gifted to him by Martin Bormann as a 50th Birthday Present.
The structure featured a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen, large car park, entry tunnel, gold elevator, heated floors and main reception room.
The building was thought to be one of Hitler’s headquarters during the war and was also the site of a wedding reception for Eva Braun’s sister Gretl in 1944.
Its thought that during its construction, the price paid at the time was around 30 Million Marks, or the equivalent of 150 million euro’s in 2007.
Today the building is used as a tourist information site, restaurant and beer garden.
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