Pencil purported to have belonged to Adolf Hitler up for auction in Belfast

It is inscribed with 'Eva' in German and the initials "AH". Credit: PA

A silver-plated pencil purported to have belonged to Adolf Hitler is set to go under the hammer in Belfast.

It is believed to have been given to the former Nazi dictator by his long-term partner Eva Braun as a gift for his 52nd birthday on April 20, 1941.

It is inscribed with 'Eva' in German and the initials "AH".

The pencil was originally purchased by a collector at an auction in 2002 and since then has remained in the collector's family.

Auctions in east Belfast will also be selling an original signed photograph of Hitler at a sale of historical items next week.

The wide-ranging sale will include a rare hand-written pardon by Queen Victoria dated to 1869 for Irish rebels convicted of treason and articles of agreement for a treaty signed between Great Britain and Ireland, which includes hand-written notes by former Irish unionist leader Edward Carson.

Karl Bennett, managing director of Bloomfield Auctions said they expect interest from around the world, particularly from specialist collectors.

He said they previously sold a teapot which belonged to senior Nazi Hermann Goring that ended up in a teapot museum in California.

"The importance of Hitler's engraved personal pencil lies in the fact that it helps to unravel a hidden piece of history, giving a unique insight into Hitler's personal relationships, which he scrupulously kept hidden from the public eye," he said.

"This included his relationship with Eva, the woman who stood by him from the start of his dictatorship and joined him in ending their lives together in the Berlin bunker as the city around them fell to the Allied forces.

"Much of Hitler's personal appeal during his dictatorship derived from his carefully constructed identity as the father of the German nation, who rejected personal connection in favour of loyalty to his country.

"This love token of a personalised pencil from Eva on his birthday helps reveal the deception behind Hitler's public facade."

Hitler's pencil is estimated to sell for between £50,000 and £80,000, while the photograph is expected to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000.

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