London, Feb 13 (ANI): A painting by Adolf Hitler has come to light that connects him to Jewish psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
Freud may have had the German dictator's work hanging on the wall of his office, it has been revealed.
The painting, that measures 8in by 4in, has an inscription on the back that bears the name of Freud's medical practice in Vienna.
Freud was based in the Austrian city in 1910, but it is possible he or one of his staff bought the picture from the struggling artist.
Richard Westwood-Brookes, from Mullock's auctioneers, is selling the painting with a pre-sale estimate of up to 10,000 pounds.
"The possibility that this watercolour once hung on the walls of Freud's consulting rooms in Vienna may seem on the face of it completely bizarre," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"But both men were in Vienna at the same time and we know Hitler was selling his paintings, so it is quite possible that Freud had one on the wall.
"We will never know for certain whether this was Freud's, but it raises the tantalising prospect that the two men might have met.
"Freud famously conducted a psychoanalysis on the composer Gustav Mahler, who was also a Vienna resident, at this time.
"The vendor is Italian and he said it came back from Vienna with an American GI after the Second World War. The GI said it had hung in Freud's rooms.
"On the reverse are words in Italian that say "Sigmund Freud's Medical Study, Vienna. It looks as if it has come from a sketch book.
"The scene in the painting is typical of that which Hitler was painting at the time.
"He would paint postcards and also go around people's houses and ask them if they wanted a watercolour of their property.
"It is known that Hitler was popular amongst the Jewish community of Vienna in those days.
"It was the Jewish people who helped him with the sale of his paintings and sketches - one of the most ironic facts of 20th century history.
"This was a time long before the birth of the Nazi Party and long before Hitler's abominable anti-Semitism came to the fore.
"It is therefore quite possible - though supremely ironic - that the great Sigmund Freud could have had a painting by Hitler hanging on the walls of his consulting rooms," he added. (ANI)