(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – A watch believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler has sold for $1.1m (£900,000) at a US auction.
The Huber timepiece, which bears a swastika, Nazi eagle and the initials AH, was bought by an anonymous bidder.
An open letter signed by 34 Jewish leaders had called on the Maryland-based auction house, Alexander Historical Auctions, not to sell the wristwatch.
But the auction house told German media that its aim was to preserve history.
The catalogue description for the watch says it was given to the Nazi leader as a birthday present in 1933, the year he was named chancellor of Germany.
It said the watch was seized as ‘spoils of war’ when around 30 French soldiers stormed Hitler’s Berghof retreat in the mountains of Bavaria.
It was then resold and handed down through the generations.