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  • 27 February 2014, 7:16

Mein Kampf Books Signed By Hitler Up For Auction

Copies of Mein Kampf, autographed by Adolf Hitler, have gone on sale in an online auction in Los Angeles.

The signed copies of the two-volume work are inscribed as Christmas gifts to Josef Bauer, an officer in the German SS during World War Two and a participant in Hitler's failed Munich coup in 1923.

Bidding starts at $20,000 and they are expected to fetch around $25,000, according to auction house Nate D Sanders.

The Bauer books fetched $25,000 in a sale at Bonhams auction house in London in 2012.

In Mein Kampf - which means "My Struggle" - Hitler laid out his vision for a resurgent Germany after World War One along with his National Socialist political ideology.

Mr Sanders, who is Jewish, said his auction house does not shy away from selling memorabilia linked to some of history's most reviled figures.

He said: "I think it's very heinous, but it is an auction item, it is a memento, it's a piece of memorabilia and a piece of history."

Mein Kampf, unlike Nazi insignia and some films and songs, is not banned in Germany.

But its German copyright has been owned by Bavaria since the end of World War Two, and the southern German state has prohibited sales and printing apart from academic use.

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