SHREWSBURY, England, April 10 (UPI) -- Sketches and watercolors by Adolf Hitler are expected to come up for sale in England next week, but experts say they are mediocre.
It's a mystery who is buying the art in Shropshire, The Times in London reported, but the artworks are being marked for sale at nearly $154,000 total.
"I haven't knowingly sold anything to anybody who comes across to me as being radically right-wing," Richard Westwood-Brookes, historical documents expert for Mullock's in Church Stretton, told The Times.
For sale are 12 sketches, seven watercolors and two architectural drawings.
"Obviously I can't quiz my purchasers very much about what their motivations are," he told The Times. "If somebody has bought something by a suffragette, I wouldn't say, 'Are you a rabid supporter of women's rights?'"
The Times said Russian buyers showed interest in Mullock's sale last year of Hitler artworks, which brought in prices well above the guideline, but most Hitler memorabilia seems to be snapped up by American collectors.
Tilmann Bassenge, a Berlin gallery owner, said, "The paintings are mediocre, the figurative work even worse, but of course people are snapping them up not because of any artistic merit but because of their investment value, secured by his signature."
The Times said one collector put it recently: "Sell gold, buy Hitler."