Back to blog

Hitler's bed linen auctioned

Jonathan Warren

02.12.2011

News

Jonathan Warren
92821487The ben linen of German dictator and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler fetched $3,000 - the equivalent of almost £2,000 - at auction in the UK on Tuesday (November 29th). Linen, belonging to the Fuhrer and embroidered with an image of a Third Reich eagle, swastikas and the leader's initials went under-the-hammer at auctioneers Dreweatts, Bristol. Despite having mistress Eva Braun to share his days with, the couple preferred to sleep alone and so Hitler rested his head in a single bed. The white sheet and pillowcase measured 66 inches by 49 inches and 30 inches square respectively, and were gathered from Hitler's Prinzregentstrasse apartment in Munich. The items were thought to be taken by his housekeeper Anny Winter following his suicide in 1945 to save them from looters. Dreweatts' militaria specialist Malcolm Claridge explained the importance of such as find: "It is extremely rare to find pieces of Hitler's bed linen embroidered with his personal motif and monogram coming to the market."

About the author

Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

Time4Sleep owner