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ADOLF "DER FUHRER" HITLER - ORIGINAL DRAWING UNSIGNED CIRCA 1940 WITH ALBERT SPEER - HFSID 285747

Original architectural drawing by Der Führer, with a signed authentication by his chief architect and armaments minister, illustrating Hitler's vision for Linz as the cultural capital of the Third Reich.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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ADOLF HITLER and ALBERT SPEER
Original architectural drawing by Der Führer, with a signed authentication by his chief architect and armaments minister, illustrating Hitler's vision for Linz as the cultural capital of the Third Reich.
Comprises: (1) Original drawing by Adolf Hitler
, 11¾x8¼, blue lined page affixed to 12¼x9 sheet. Unsigned but published sketch, in pencil, of the Halls of Columns of the Linz Opera, numbered "8" in an unknown hand in upper right corner. Glue stains at edges. Fine condition. (2) Typed DS: "Albert/Speer" in English, 1 page, 5¾x8¼ affixed to 7¾x10¼ sheet. Heidelburg, 1979 January 3. In full: "I declare that this sketch was made by Adolf Hitler in my presence at the Obersalzberg in July 1940. Sketch for crowning the Hall of Columns of the Linz Opera. The crown was to consist of sculptures, arranged in the pattern of the columns. Below, suggestion for stylized Ionian capitals. Further right, decorated wallpanels, behind which box office and stairs were situated. For Hitler's plans for Linz see Albert Speer: 'Inside the Third Reich', pages 153/154. This sketch is listed under number 8 on the enclosed catalogue as 'Linz Theater O(ber) S(alzberg) July 1940'. This catalogue, started in 1937, was continued until the end of the war, by Otto Apel, Chief of my Office of Architecture. A Photostat copy of the relevant page [not included] is enclosed. Copyright Albert Speer 1978." Lightly creased. Tape remnant at top of mounting sheet. Fine condition. (3) Photocopies of title page and page 248 of Adolf Hitler, The Unknown Artist by Billy F. Price, depicting the drawing offered here, 2 pages, 8½x11. It is identified as: "702 Detail of the Linz Opera - July 1940, pencil/paper, 21x29; PC;U;F;K;Au;K 1980. Front façade and columns. Drawn in Speer's presence at Obersalzberg in July 1940. No. 8 from the Speer collection." Hitler, an aspiring artist before he became history's most sinister figure, planned to make Linz, Austria - the city where he had grown up - the cultural capital of his "Thousand Year Reich." Hitler shared his graphic visions of Linz with Albert Speer, originally his chief architect and later his (highly capable) Minister of Armaments, and confidante. Title page lightly creased at upper right corner. Staples and staple holes at upper left corner of both sheets. Fine condition. Albert Speer (1905-1981) was appointed Head Chief Architect of the Nazi government in 1934. He served as Minister of Armaments from 1943-1945 and was imprisoned as a war criminal from 1946-1966. Three items.

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