A telephone used by Adolf Hitler during the second world war has been auctioned off for 243,000 dollars (£196,000) in Chesapeake City, Maryland, USA
The red telephone, with a Nazi party symbol and Hitler’s name engraved on the back, was discovered by Russian officers who gave it to a British officer, Brigadier Ralph Rayner, during a visit to Hitler’s bunker in Berlin in 1945. The officer’s son is now selling the red phone.
According to Independent, the handset of the phone must be rotated almost 60 degrees before it can be lifted out of its cradle. This feature kept the handset from shaking loose while being transported. The phone was used in vehicles and trains as well as in Hitler’s field headquarters.
Bidding for the phone started at 100,000 dollars (£80,500), and it was sold on Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house does not disclose the names of buyers.