Watercolour by ‘failed artist’ Hitler fetches $161,000 at German auction

History defines Adolf Hitler as a failed artist, but not too many failures can say one of their paintings sold for $161,000. A 1914 watercolour of Hitler’s was auctioned off in Nuremberg Saturday to a private buyer from the Middle East. The painting,¬†”Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen” (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich), is one of about 2,000 that Hitler worked on 1905 and 1920 as a struggling young artist before becoming the Nazi dictator.¬†Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house, was asked if it was tasteless to auction Hitler’s paintings, but she said questions should be diverted to the sellers: two German sisters in their 70s. Weidler said the sisters will donate 10 per cent of the proceeds to a charity that helps disabled children.