A Brass Desk embossed with the letters AH, which once belonged to Nazi leader himself was sold for $423,000 to a California historical collector at a Stamford auction last week. The ceremonial desk set, including ink wells and the Nazi crest of an eagle and swastika, was used by Adolf Hitler in the signing of the Munich Pact, which preceded World War II.
The authenticity of the item does not appear to be under debate. Historic news photos show Hitler, Italian prime minister Benito Mussolini, Britain’s prime minister Neville Chamberlain, and France’s premier Edouard Daladier gathered at the desk during the signing of the pact on September 30, 1938.
The Historic desk was top of the lots over 1,000 rare relics from the Third Reich in one of the biggest ever auctions of Nazi war items. The desk was originally expected to sell for half a million dollars and did not meet the reserve price. It was later sold at a separate deal reached with the highest bidder after it failed to sell at a live auction.