Alexander Historical Auctions is selling a porcelain Alsatian recovered from Adolf Hitler’s fuhrerbunker in 1945.
It’s offered with an estimate of $25,000-35,000 ahead of the February 19 sale in Maryland.
The piece was made by prisoners at a sub-camp near Dachau and is believed to have been given to Hitler as a gift by Heinrich Himmler.
The Alsatian was made at Himmler's Allach porcelain factory
Himmler acquired the Allach porcelain factory in 1936.
Under his control it began producing designs based on his interest in the occult and Aryan mysticism. The factory closed at the end of the war and was never reopened.
The piece is consigned from the collection of the later Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner, who was among the first non-Soviet soldiers to enter Berlin at the end of the war.
The lot is accompanied by a letter of provenance from his daughter, which reads: “My father always had Alsatian dogs as indeed did Hitler...
“My father told me that as we was about to leave Hitler's apartments in the bunker he had admired the white porcelain model sitting on [Hitler's] desk...
“He was then given the Alsatian by the Russians as a further good will gesture.
“I have kept the Allach model with great care ever since I was given it..."
Brigadier Rayner also ended up with Hitler’s personal telephone, which is also included in the sale.
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