A SERIES of paintings believed to be by a young Adolf Hitler fetched nearly £98,000 ($143,000) including premium at an auction in Britain, well in excess of pre-sale estimates.
Among them was a watercolour of a pensive figure sitting at the end of a stone bridge with the letters "AH"
written beside it, which sold for £10,000.
The work is dated 1908, at a time when Hitler was a struggling artist in Vienna. The figure's face lacks a nose and mouth, as well the trademark square mustache.
Hitler applied to art school in Vienna but was rejected, and went on to join the army and fight in World War One.
An Alpine landscape painted in oils fetched £13,500.
"I was completely gobsmacked to be honest,"
said Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents expert who ran the sale for Mullock's Specialist Auctioneers and Valuers........