Unseen Adolf Hitler photos sell for £30,000 at auction

A collection of previously unseen photographs of Adolf Hitler has sold at auction in Northamptonshire for £30,000.

The group of hundreds of photographs went under the hammer on Tuesday night as part of a 300-lot militaria sale at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester.

Hitler's personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann took the images during the Nazi party's rise to power.

Hoffmann's work was used for postage stamps, postcards and posters.

A large archive was seized by the United States government during the Allied occupation of Germany, and was held by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Image caption The photos sold included pictures of Adolf Hitler in Nuremburg in 1934

The auctioned images, some of which had been digitally developed by the auction house, featured Hitler at the Nuremberg Rally in 1934, meeting Benito Mussolini and at an SS training camp.

They are thought to have been given by Hoffman to an elderly man in Germany.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: "I was astonished by the interest we had in the photographs, even from Germany.

"They provided a never-seen-before insight into the rise of the Nazi party, and some personal views of Hitler himself.

"Rather than pictures taken from the crowd at these rallies, they really were up close to him."

Hoffmann, who worked as a photographer in Munich from 1908, joined the Nazi party in 1920.

He was arrested by the Americans in May 1945 and after the war was tried and sentenced to four years for Nazi profiteering.

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