Signed Mein Kampf copies at auction

Last updated 13:33 28/02/2014

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Two rare early editions of Mein Kampf, signed by Adolf Hitler could sell for more than US$20,000 (NZ$24k) at an online auction, officials say.

Nate Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, said he knew he'd catch a lot of flack for putting rare 1925 and 1926 editions of the racist screed up for bid.

''But it is a piece of history. It is a very rare item,'' he explained.

Hitler was arrested and jailed for the attempt to seize power.

He dictated Mein Kampf, two volumes of autobiography and anti-Semitic manifesto, to Rudolf Hess while behind bars to raise money for his criminal defence.

Both volumes' fly-leaves feature Hitler's signature.

Sanders said volumes of Mein Kampf from the 1930s are common, but a copy signed by the author was rare.

Sanders was also auctioning off a leather trench coat he said was worn by Albert Speer, a Nazi government minister who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the Nazi regime.

Selling Nazi memorabilia was prohibited in many European countries.

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