Nazi memorabilia fetches 90 k pounds in London auction

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London, Oct 28 : Nazi memorabilia being auctioned in London has raised a whopping 90,000 pounds, despite the recent credit crunch shaking the world.

Jonathan Humbert, of Northamptonshire-based J.P.Humbert Auctioneers, claimed that his three-day grand sale had fetched a massive 90,000 pounds thus far.

The Nazi items that have been put up for going under the hammer includes a death head ring owned by Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler, which was sold for 2,200 pounds.

A number of other Nazi daggers and swords raised hammer prices ranging from 200 to 800 pounds each.

There was also a Nazi pin badge that sold for 180 pounds.

Humbert also revealed that they have pocketed a 550 pounds for an original 8ft by 4ft Nazi war ensign from Second World War German pocket battleship The Admiral Graf Spee.

In his opinion, the sudden surge in Nazi items began after a recent sale that included a range of Nazi goods recovered from a council house clearance.

"After that they just poured in and proved very popular in last week's sale. I was quite surprised, especially as some items sold within the room," British tabloid The Sun quoted him as saying.

He added: "That's very rare, usually people bid over the phone for these kind of things. Some people say it's disgusting to sell this stuff, but my view is that they are all a part of our recent social history and they belong in museums.

"A lot of the people at our sales are private collectors interested in preserving the history and I don't see any harm in that. The death ring sold to someone in the room - someone who is doing some research on Himmler and his henchmen so obviously this is invaluable.

"This was my best sale in five years without a shadow of a doubt. For all the doom and gloom about the global economic meltdown and recession the money is still there and people are still buying."

ANI

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