An unusual, ‘one-of-a-kind’ relic from the Second World War, Adolf Hitler’s toilet seat, is going up for auction.
The ‘prize’, is said to have been looted by a US soldier from the Nazi leader’s private bathroom at the Berghof retreat in the Bavarian Alps during the conflict.
Listed for auction by Alexander Historical Auctions, the unique item is estimated to fetch some $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 World War II relics.’
The item is a two-piece wooden toilet seat with lid removed by an ‘enterprising’ G.I. from Adolf Hitler’s bathroom at his retreat.
It measures 19 inches, front to back and 16 inches wide, with two chromed steel fittings joining the two pieces.
According to the item listing the toilet seat has remained untouched in the basement of the family’s home.
It was said that the ruins of the Berghof were entered by American M.P. Ragnvald C. Borch, one of the first Americans on the scene and fluent in German and French, when he was sent to liaise with the French 2ieme Division Blindee.
When he arrived on the scene, the soldier was told ‘get what you want’ and he made his way to Hitler’s bedroom, taking a World War I armoured vest that was on display as well as two oil paintings.
He was said to have spotted the toilet seat before removing it, and asked by another M.P. holding a chandelier: ‘What are you doing with that toilet seat?’
The young M.P. answered: ‘Where do you think Hitler put his ass?”
The item up for auction also includes photographs, Borch’s service record, and a 2001 New Jersey news article on the history of the relic.
Auctioneers called the item a ‘one-of-a-kind piece’ and added: “One can scarcely imagine the plotting the tyrant undertook while contemplating the world from atop this perch.”
The auction, in the US, will be held today.