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Hitler manifesto 'Mein Kampf' up for auction

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Hitler's Nazi manifesto "Mein Kampf" is expected to fetch more than $25,000 at auction in Los Angeles. (Source: RTV/CBS) Hitler's Nazi manifesto "Mein Kampf" is expected to fetch more than $25,000 at auction in Los Angeles. (Source: RTV/CBS)

LOS ANGELES (RTV/CBS) - Copies of Adolf Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf signed by the German Nazi leader will go for auction on Thursday.

The autographed copies of the two-volume work steeped in anti-Semitism are inscribed to Josef Bauer, an officer in the German SS during World War II and a participant in Hitler's failed Munich "beer hall" putsch in 1923.

Bidding in the online auction for the signed books starts at $20,000 and is expected to sell for around $25,000 when the auction concludes at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to the auctioneers.

Nate D. Sanders, who himself is Jewish, said his auction house does not shy away from selling memorabilia linked to some of history's most reviled figures.

"I think it's very heinous, but it is an auction item," auction house owner Nate D. Sanders said. "It is a memento. It's a piece of memorabilia and a piece of history."

The Bauer books fetched $25,000 in a sale at Bonhams Auction House in London in 2012.

In the two-volume Mein Kampf, Hitler lays out his vision for a resurgent Germany after World War I along with his racist National Socialist political ideology.

Both volumes of the work were inscribed to Bauer as Christmas gifts in the years they were published, 1925 and 1926. The copy of the second volume is a first edition, while the first volume copy is a second edition, the auction house said.

A 1925 first volume Mein Kampf signed by Hitler and given to a Nazi comrade sold for $35,000 in England in 2009.

Hitler wrote the manifesto during his little more than a year in prison for an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Bavarian government.

Mein Kampf, unlike Nazi insignias and some Nazi films and songs, is not banned in Germany. Bavaria has owned the book's German copyright since the end of World War II, and the southern German state has prohibited sales and printing.

Also up for sale is a full-length leather overcoat believed to have been issued to Hitler's chief architect, Albert Speer, which is expected to fetch between $5,000 and $7,000.

Known as the "Nazi who said 'sorry,'" Speer served as Minister of Armaments and War Production during the height of the Holocaust from 1942 until Nazi Germany fell in May 1945.

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