A total of 14 pieces of art created by Adolf Hitler were sold for nearly €400,000 during an auction in Nuremberg, Germany over the weekend. The most pricey canvas, featuring King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, was scooped up by an anonymous Chinese buyer for a cool €100,000.
Other paintings at the auction, dated from 1904 to 1922, included a female nude and street scenes of Vienna. The next most expensive piece, a still-life of a carnation, fetched a pretty €73,000, according to Weidler Auctioneers of Nuremberg.
The auction house said that the bidders come from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, France and Germany.
In Germany, Hitler’s paintings are only banned for sale if they contain Nazi symbols, but media have criticized the auction house for profiting from the German dictator. Last year, Weidler Auctioneers sold a watercolor painting signed by Hitler for €130,000.
Moral issues aside, most art critics consider Hitler’s work to be mediocre. “As an artist, Hitler didn’t have his own style; all he did was imitate others’ work. And it’s relatively hard to distinguish his paintings from the rest,” Vienna art historian Burkitt Schwarz told the French newspaper Le Monde last year.