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Purported Hitler watercolor up for auction in Los Angeles

The painting of a blue ceramic pitcher holding what appear to be zinnias and dahlias, was purportedly created by Hitler in 1912 when he was 24 or 25 years old.

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Danielle Haynes
A watercolor painting of flowers in a blue pitcher purported to be by Adolf Hitler goes to auction Thursday. Image courtesy of Nate D. Sanders auction house
A watercolor painting of flowers in a blue pitcher purported to be by Adolf Hitler goes to auction Thursday. Image courtesy of Nate D. Sanders auction house

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- A watercolor of flowers purported to be painted by Adolf Hitler is heading to auction in Los Angeles.

Prior to his political career, Hitler aspired to be an artist, and though many of his paintings were sold, the profession was never a successful one for him.

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The painting of a blue ceramic pitcher holding what appear to be zinnias and dahlias, was purportedly created by Hitler in 1912 when he was 24 or 25 years old.

"The watercolor is considered unusual as the bulk of Hitler's work focused on landscapes and architecture," a news release from the auction house, Nate D. Sanders, said.

Information about the seller and provenance of the piece wasn't revealed.

The name "A. Hitler" is featured on the bottom right corner of the artwork, and a stamp of the name Samuel Morgenstern is on the back.

Morgenstern was a Jewish art dealer who bought and sold a number of Hitler's artworks. Though he was an early supporter of Hitler, Morgenstern was eventually sent to the Lodz Ghetto in German-occupied Poland, where he died.

Bidding for the auction, which is scheduled to take place Thursday, begins at $30,000.

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In November, another of Hitler's purported watercolors -- of Munich, Germany, city hall -- sold for $161,000. Two dozen of his paintings and drawings drew $223,000 at an auction in 2006.

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