Documents from Hitler's time in prison are to be sold

Image caption Hitler said he was unsure how much money Mein Kampf would make

A German auction house is to sell what it says are 500 documents from the prison where Hitler was held in 1924.

The documents, including one with Hitler's signature, are being auctioned on 2 July with a starting price of 25,000 euros.

The papers were discovered by a Nuremberg man among the possessions of his late father.

Hitler spent nine months in prison after an abortive coup attempt known as the Munich beer hall putsch.

Many visitors

Among the documents is a letter from Hitler to a Mercedes dealer asking for a discount on a 40-horsepower 11/40 model.

The future Nazi leader, who brought Germany to defeat and ruin in World War II, explains that his book, Mein Kampf, is not yet finished and he is unsure how much money it will make.

"I am forced to obtain an advance or loan from somewhere. So a few thousand marks makes a big difference," he writes.

The auction house, Werner Behringer, says the bulk of the documents are official prison cards listing visitors, including more than 30 people who celebrated his birthday on 20 April.

A prominent visitor was the Prussian general and World War I hero, Erich Ludendorff, who went to the Landsberg jail in Bavaria several times.

The documents were originally bought along with other items at a Nuremberg flea market in the 1970s, but the purchaser appears not have known what they were.

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