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Hitler’s watch sells at Maryland auction for $1.1 million

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. (AP) A Maryland auction house has sold a wristwatch that once belonged to Adolf Hitler for $1.1 million.

Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City had estimated the worthiness between $2 and $4 million, describing the watch as a global War II relic of historic proportions.

News outletsreport that Jewish leaders among others objected to the sale this week, saying it had little to no historical value.

The auction houses president, Bill Panagopulos, defended the auction and said the customer is really a European Jew.

The watch features the initials AH and a swastika. The auction house said a French soldier seized the watch as spoils of war on, may 4, 1945, when his unit became the initial Allied force to reach at Hitlers Berchtesgaden retreat. The Nazi leader died in Berlin on April 30, 1945.

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