It’s pretty hilarious reading the press release I received regarding the recent auction of Adolph Hitler’s watercolors. Mostly due to the vague ways in which they try to justify this auction and subsequent purchasing of the pieces from the monstrous figure.
“These collectors are not specialised in works by this particular painter but rather have a general interest in high-value art,” Kathrin Weidler of the auction firm told DPA.
Of course they aren’t. No seasoned art collector would bother wasting any money on ‘this particular painter(s)’ (lol) paintings because they aren’t very good. I’m not even saying that because ‘this particular painter’ is who he is. I’m saying it because every reasonable art collector and historian recognizes the elementary and underdeveloped techniques apparent in his art. It’s just not very good. Certainly not terrible, I’ll grant ‘this particular painter’ that, but the work is not any better than anything you’d see out of an art student learning their way around watercolors. Don’t just take it from me…
“Experts consider his work to be of mediocre quality.”
So how much did these collectors pay for ‘this particular painter(s)’ work?
“The most expensive was a painting of King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, now a tourist magnet, which went to a buyer from China for 100,000 euros, Nuremberg-based Weidler auctioneers said, quoted by German news agency DPA.
A still-life of carnations changed hands for 73,000 euros and all of the works on offer, which date from 1904 to 1922, most signed A. Hitler.”
This is deeply satisfying. I don’t really condone anyone selling ‘this particular painter(s)’ works for obvious reasons aside from the fact that their inherent value lies in the notoriety of the painter, but that even the notoriety wasn’t enough to ask for a decent bidding price. Sure, $450k total at auction is nothing to sneeze at, but the fact that an entire lot couldn’t even collect a full half a mil only further serves to demonstrate how few people would actually want to own the works to begin with.
And who were the douche bags who spent their money on ‘this particular painter’ anyway?
“Bidders included private investors from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, France and Germany itself, the auction house said, without identifying the buyers.”
Ah. Right. I’d want to stay anonymous too, lest the world know what garbage taste I have.