Mar 1 2014, 1:56am CST | by Gene Ryan Briones
When Adolf Hitler was imprisoned in 1923 following the failed Beer Hall Putsch, the soon-to-be Fuehrer began writing an autobiographical manifesto entitled "Mein Kampf," or "My Struggle" in English. It was later published as a two-volume set, with volume 1 published in 1925 and volume 2 in 1926.
By the end of the Second World War, Mein Kampf went on to sell in millions.
It was also widely distributed. In fact, at the height of Hitler's reign, the book was reportedly given for free to newlywed couples and new soldiers fighting at the war.
But a rare copy of the book was recently auctioned in Los Angeles on Thursday. The reason why it is so rare is that it was personally signed by Adolf Hitler.
According to Nate Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions, the book was a Christmas gift to Josef Bauer, a fellow Nazi leader. Hitler also expressed his best wishes to Bauer.
The bidding started at $20,000 (£12,000) online.
Sanders expected the book to sell around $25,000. At the auction, the book attracted 11 bidders, reports BBC. It was later sold for a whopping $64,850 or £38,700.
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The book was reportedly bought by an American collector in 2012 at the Bonhams auction house in London. Sander, who is ironically Jewish, said tha the book is a piece of history.
"The same people who collect Adolf Hitler collect George Washington, or World War II, or George Patton. You have the whole gamut," he added.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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