An unusual relic from the Second World War, Adolf Hitler’s toilet seat, is being auctioned.
The “price” is said to have been looted during the conflict by a US soldier from the private bathroom of the Nazi leader at the Berghof retreat in the Bavarian Alps.
Offered for auction by Alexander Historical AuctionsThe unique item is estimated to raise about $ 15,000 with a starting bid of $ 5,000, or about $ 3,642.
Auctioneers describe the toilet seat as “one of the most eye-catching items one could ever add to a collection of relics from World War II”.
The item is a two-piece wooden toilet seat with a lid that was made by an “enterprising” G.I. from Adolf Hitler’s bathroom on his retreat.
It measures 19 inches, front to back, and 16 inches wide, with two chrome-plated steel fittings connecting the two pieces.
According to the listing, the toilet seat in the basement of the family house has remained untouched.
It has been said that the ruins of the Berghof were built by American M.P. Ragnvald C. Borch, one of the first Americans on the ground to speak fluent German and French, when he was sent to liaise with the French 2nd Division Blindee.
When he got to the scene the soldier was told to get what you want and he made his way to Hitler’s bedroom. He took an exhibited armored vest from the First World War and two oil paintings.
He is said to have discovered the toilet seat before it was removed and was taken by another M.P. holds a chandelier in his hand: “What are you doing with this toilet seat?”
The young M.P. replied: “Where do you think Hitler put his ass down?”
The auction item also includes photos, Borch’s service record, and a 2001 New Jersey article about the relic’s history.
Auctioneers called the item “unique” and added: “You can hardly imagine how the tyrant looks at the world from this table.”
The US auction takes place today.