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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

If Only Hitler Had Gone to Art School...




OSLO, Norway -- Two landscape watercolors and a line drawing by Adolf Hitler fetched 640,000 Norwegian krone ($80,000) at an auction July 13 in the seaside town of Toensberg in southeast Norway.


The watercolors of rocky landscapes titled "Die Felsenbucht" and "Berglandschaft mit See," one depicting a cliff-lined bay and the other mountain scenery, were dated 1911 and 1913.


The line drawing of an old house and garden titled "Altes Haus mit Garten" was signed in 1914.


The signature of the Nazi dictator, who was repeatedly turned down from Vienna's art college as a young man, was verified in 1990 by leading Norwegian handwriting expert Odd Holmen. Holmen worked with German experts on the project.


The three works were sold by a private collector in the Oslo area to an anonymous buyer in Austria, auctioneers at Tore Ulving Art Auctions said.


Valuations before the sale had estimated the works at the much higher price of 1 million krone.


"We are satisfied with the price. It is the first time works by Hitler have been sold in Norway, and we were not sure of how much interest there would be," Einer Svee at the auction house said.