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Adolf Hitler’s Long-lost Custom-made Swastika Ring Could Fetch $100,000 at Auction

After Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, the swastika has become strongly associated with Nazism. About the Fuhrer and his madness is superfluous to speak, but Nazi relics still worthy of attention, special if belonged to dictator itself. Such one example is his famous, long-lost custom-made swastika ring which is going under the hammer by the Alexander Historical Auctions House in Maryland next week. This massive ring, carefully constructed of multiple parts is expected to fetch at least £70,000 ($108,000).

Adolf Hitler’s swastika ring goes up on auction for $100,000

The ring displays a 16mm wide mobile swastika built-up on four different levels supported by other swastikas and swords and is crowned by a large square five-facet ruby. It comes complete with the original presentation sterling silver hand-hammered globe and ebony wood pedestal.

The story behind the jewels tells the ring was made by one of the most prominent of German goldsmiths, Karl Berthold (1889-1975), who was a fanatical Nazi and kicked Jewish craftsmen out of his business in Frankfurt shortly after the regime came to power in 1933. Berthold wrote and explained to Hitler how he fired the “Bolshevik-Jew servants” and that he was commissioned by a party functionary to make the ring for him. It was found at Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s mountain retreat in Bavaria, in 1945 by American troops. One of the soldiers pocketed it as a souvenir before selling it on. It was owned by several collectors over the years, the last of whom died two years ago and whose grandson is now selling it.

Adolf Hitler’s swastika ring goes up on auction for $100,000

Auctioneer Bill Panagopulos told that the two ostentatious pieces of jewelry, never before offered at auction, are a testament to the excesses of the Third Reich, and that Nazi loot and World War II artifacts are currently the hottest items in the historical auction world.

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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