Nazi toy collection heads to auction

The range is expected to sell for thousands when it goes under the hammer next week.
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A collection of Nazi toys is expected to raise thousands at auction next week, when it goes under the hammer at Vectis Auctions in Teeside.

The range – featuring miniatures of Adolf Hitler, armies and vehicles – are from a line of toys given to children of the Third Reich.

The toys have all come from the collection of Richard Wilkinson, an American who spent his life buying German toys after his father first got him some on a business trip in the 1930s.

The BBC reports that the collection has been catalogued by Military enthusiast Simon Clark and will now head to auction next Wednesday.

When asked about the controversial or offensive nature of the toys, Clark remarks that while the toys may be distasteful, they were an important part of history.

“They may certainly be from an unpalatable period, but we cannot just take out and keep the pieces of history that we like, it doesn’t matter if it’s nice history or not, it still needs to be remembered.

“We are not glorifying it, we are just presenting it for what it is.”

Among the collection is a Lineol bridge model that would have sold for around 900 Reichsmarks, the equivalent of a week’s wage.

It is now valued at between £5,000 and £7,000, the most expensive of the collection.

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