A phone owned by Adolph Hitler and engraved with his name will hit the auction block later this month. According to the auction listing at Alexander Historical Auctions, the phone is “arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time,” because it “sent millions to their deaths around the world.”
The phone was given to Hitler by the Wehrmacht, and was painted red and engraved with his name and a swastika. Hitler used the phone to carry out his orders, making it an instrument of unquestioned importance.
“It would be impossible to find a more impactful relic than the primary tool used by the most evil man in history to annihilate countless innocents, lay waste to hundreds of thousands of square miles of land, and in the end, destroy his own country and people,” the auction listing reads.
British officer, Sir Ralph Rayner, was gifted the phone by the Soviets who discovered Hitler’s bunker. Rayner was initially offered Eva Braun’s telephone, but when he told the Russians that red was his favorite color (a fact that he says pleased them), they gave him this one. He also left the bunker with an Allach porcelain Alsatian dog statue owned by Hitler that is also up for auction.
The phone is estimated to sell for between $200,000-$300,000, and the dog for between $25,000-$30,000. Rayner’s son told CNN that he hopes a museum buys both artifacts. “I don’t want them to be hidden again,” he said. “I want them to remind the world of the horrors of war.” [CNN]