Has Hitler met his match in The Beatles at this New Zealand autographs sale?

It may be illegal to buy his memorabilia in Germany, but that hasn't stopped Adolph Hitler appearing at auction everywhere else.

But the Nazi dictator may finally have met his match at New Zealand auction house Dunbar Sloane's upcoming sale of signed documents, later this month.

Appearing alongside the Führer is the Fab Four, by whom a group signed autograph - authenticated by Frank Caiazzo, a leading authority on Beatles signatures - will appear estimated at NZ$9,500-12,000 (upper: $9,468).

Also going under the hammer (the day after his signed letters auction at Christopher Gärtner Philatelic in Germany) is a signed note by Napoleon Bonaparte to his Minister of Finance, Count Mollien.

The Beatles; Katherine Mansfield (centre); and Napoleon Bonaparte are
all starring in the New Zealand sale

Dated November 24, 1811, the letter is signed by Napoleon himself and will auction (exactly 199 years to the day it was dated) with a NZ$12,000-14,000 ($11,046) estimate.

Meanwhile, the most valuable lot in the sale is a handwritten manuscript by the New Zealand-born WW1-era author Katherine Mansfield, who counted Virginia Woolf among her contemporaries. It is predicted to sell for NZ$100,000 ($78,902).

That's considerably more than the NZ$1,000-2,000 ($1,578) estimate given to the signed flyleaf of Hitler's autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf. Hitler was a very prolific signer - unlike Mansfield - which makes his autograph more common, comparatively less valuable, today.

Dunbar Sloane's auction will be held in Wellington, New Zealand on November 24. All above price translations are shown in US dollars.


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