A signed copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf manifesto is expected to fetch thousands after going under the hammer.
Online bidding for the Nazi ruler’s unique tome started at £8,000 this week - and so far only one person has made an offer.
The brutal dictator himself scrawled a message on the inside cover to Landsberg Prison cellmate Wilhelm Briemann.
“To Mr. Wilhelm Briemann in remembrance of our joint prison time in Landsberg a. /L. [Landsberg am Lech] dedicated by Adolf Hitler / Munich December 20, 1925,” he wrote.
Briemann was reportedly a member of Hitler’s Stoßtrupp, a band of paramilitaries which took part in the Munich Putsch of November 1923.
It was that event which led to Hitler being jailed on a charge of high treason.
And it was during his time behind bars, between 1923 and 1924, that he wrote his controversial manifesto.
In it, he blamed Jews and Marxists for Germany’s economic woes.
“The Hitler book is probably a one-of-a-kind,” said Los Angeles-based auction house owner Nate Sanders in a statement.
“There has been no other signed copy of Mein Kampf inscribed to a fellow inmate at Landsberg,” he wrote.
“It was at Landsberg prison that Hitler served time for high treason and wrote Mein Kampf. Signed copies of Mein Kampf are rare; this is even more so,” he added.
Nazi memorabilia is banned from being sold in Germany. But it is allowed to be traded in the U.S. and the UK.
Bidding may have begun at just £8,000, but Sanders is hopeful that the price will soar much higher, according to The Local.
He sold a pair of Mein Kampf volumes, which Hitler had dedicated to SS Officer Josef Bauer, for almost £50,000 last year.
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