CHESAPEAKE CITY, Maryland — A Maryland auction house has sold a wristwatch that once belonged to Adolf Hitler for $1.1 million.
Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City had estimated the value between $2 million and $4 million, describing the watch as a “World War II relic of historic proportions.”
News organizations report that Jewish leaders and others opposed the sale this week, saying it had little or no historical value.
Auction house president Bill Panagopulos defended the auction and said the buyer was a European Jew.
The watch features the initials AH and a swastika. The auction house said a French soldier who was part of the first unit to close with Hitler in May 1945 during his retreat from Berchtesgaden seized him as spoils of war.