Solid gold Third Reich mosaic appears in Florida auction

Affiliated Auctions' Florida Summer Firearm & Militaria sale last weekend (Saturday, July 10) was lead by an impressive piece of Third Reich memorabilia: a solid gold official mosaic made for the grand opening of the Nazis' Winter Help Work Program.

The mosaic is comprised of 20,000 individual gold-coloured and other-coloured tiny tiles, bringing the piece's overall weight to well in excess of 50 pounds. The mosaic is signed by the Berlin-Treptow firm, August Wagner.

Measuring approximately 4 x 5 feet in size, the mosaic depicts the Winter Help Eagle in full detail with a Swastika depicted in green and tan leaves. This ostentatious and unsettling Nazi artefact realised a final price of $5,400 in Affiliated Auctions' sale.

The gold mosaic, made from 20,000 individual tiles

Just behind the mosaic, in terms of value, was another remarkable lot: a late 18th-early 19th century bronze cannon weighing 43" long with a 1 ¾ bore, sitting on a 22.5" carriage. According to experts, the cannon's style indicates that it is either of Dutch or Belgian origin.

Consigned from a private collection in the St Augustine region of Florida, this unique and historic piece of memorabilia surpassed its lower $4,000 pre-sale estimate but was still taken away by its lucky buyer for a bargain, bringing $5,300.

The late 18th-early 19th century bronze cannon

Meanwhile, collectors and investors with in interest in German World War Two memorabilia can find two valuable historic document signed by Adolf Hitler.

The first is a very rare signed photograph of the Führer surround by 30 of his Brown Shirt troopers, dated to circa 1930. The second is a document also signed by Hitler and dated to 1943 in which he approves the promotions of hundreds of officers in the Wermacht - shortly after losing a million men in defeat at Stalingrad.


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