Adolf Hitler's tunic auctions for $312,000 in Nazi memorabilia sale

Adolf Hitler's custom-fit field tunic was the most valuable lot of a controversial sale of Nazi memorabilia on June 18.

The grey tunic, made for the Nazi leader in May 1940, in the midst of the second world war, sold for $312,000 at the sale in Germany.

Hitler is said to have worn the tunic during the campaign in France.

The brass container Hermann Goering used to conceal the cyanide pill he fatally consumed the night before his execution made $29,500, while a pair of Goering's silk underpants and nightshirt realised $3,400.

Hitler's damask pillowcase, embroidered with "AH", made $1,475, while wife Eva Braun's red summer dress achieved $3,290.

The figures are evidence of the fascination surrounding Nazi Germany, and the sizable number of collectors in the field.

The items all came from the collection of John K Lattimer, the general medical officer during the Nuremburg trials. Lattimer never shied away from collecting the controversial; he bought Napoleon's penis for $3,000 in 1977.

The auction was divisive, with some Jewish groups questioning whether such arefacts should be sold for profit.

The auction house, Hermann Historica, countered the claims, in an interview with the Daily Mail.

"This collection allows museums and collectors to acquire highly interesting pieces relating to Nazism and WW2," said the auction house's joint owner, Wolfgang Hermann.

"We are completely aware of the disastrous German history between 1933 and 1945 and strictly reject all Nazi and neo-Nazi buyers."

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