Adolf Hitler’s personal toilet seat from his mountain hideaway has sold for £13,750 at auction.
The bizarre Second World War relic sparked a bidding frenzy between collectors flush with cash at the sale in the U.S.
The eventual winning bid for the Nazi khazi was $15,000, with the buyer’s premium taking the final purchase price to $18,750 (£13,750).
The white wooden seat, with lid, was looted by an ‘enterprising’ young US soldier from the dictator’s private bathroom at the Berghof, his retreat in the Bavarian Alps.
Ragnvald C Borch was one of the first Americans on the scene as he was fluent in German and French and was sent to liaise with the French 2nd Armoured Division.
He told by senior officers to ‘get what you want’ from the Berghof, which had been badly damaged by Allied bombing in the last days of the war.
Ragnvald Borch took Adolf Hitler’s toilet seat from the Berghof, the Nazi dictator’s private retreat in the Bavarian Alps
When asked why he was carrying a toilet seat by another soldier, Sgt Borch is said to have replied: ‘Where do you think Hitler put his ass?’
When asked by another G.I holding a chandelier why he was taking a toilet seat as a keepsake, Sergeant Borch replied: ‘Where do you think Hitler put his ass?’
He shipped it back from nearby Berchtesgaden to his family home in New Jersey, where he put it on display in his basement.
With the soldier’s son now selling the trophy taken from the Fuhrer, Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Auctions hailed the 16-inch wide seat as ‘one of a kind’.
He said: ‘This was as close to a ‘throne’ as the dictator would ever get.
‘One can scarcely imagine the plotting the tyrant undertook while contemplating the world from atop this perch.’
Aside from the ‘Wolf’s Lair,’ on the Eastern Front, Hitler spent more time at Berghof than anywhere else during the Second World War
The seat was among a host of looted ‘spoils of war’ up for grabs in the auction in Chesapeake City, Maryland.
Hitler’s personal porcelain shaving mug, bearing his portrait, that was taken from his Munich apartment fetched $21,250 (£15,600).
The Fuhrer’s personal monogrammed hairbrush was also seized from the Berghof by a member of the US Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Four exceptionally rare small strands of Hitler’s hair removed from the brush went for $2,250 (£1,650).
Meanwhile, a pair of floral lace knickers belonging to Hitler’s wife Eva Braun, embroidered with her initials, raised $1,750 (£1,300).
Sgt Borch (right) shipped the bizarre keepsake home to New Jersey, where it went on display in the basement of his home
The toilet seat sold for £13,750, higher than the record for such an item, which was £850 for a toilet seat cover belonging to Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones
Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Auctions said ‘How could we possibly embarrass and denigrate Hitler more than offer his toilet seat and his wife’s undies?’
Her matching pink nightie also went for $1,750 (£1,300) while a pair of her stockings fetched $475 (£350).
Mr Panagopulos said: ‘How could we possibly embarrass and denigrate Hitler more than offer his toilet seat and his wife’s undies?
‘The image of Hitler on the throne is just ridiculous.’
The record for such an item at an auction is said to be the £850 paid last year for a 1975 toilet seat cover belonging to Bill Wyman, sporting a Rolling Stones tongue logo.
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