Auction 101

Lot 16:

ALBERT SPEER

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Start price: $80

Estimated price: $160 - $200

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ALBERT SPEER

(1905-1981) German architect, Adolf Hitler’s personal chief architect and minister for armaments and war production. Speer expanded slave labor, supplied mainly from concentration camps. Convicted at Nuremberg and served a 20-year sentence at Spandau Prison in West Berlin. Autographed letter signed, on his personal letterhead, three pages, 6 x 8 inches, Heidelberg, December 27, 1975, in English to American friends, in part ‘I hoped to see you in Germany for a long, long talk. Many thanks for your invitation to George Mason University. I am slightly considering, to go for a few weeks to the U.S. next autumn (1976)…The book starts in February or March (76)…would look like being my own sales manager…Wernher von Braun wrote me a few weeks ago…Do you see him one? He was very sick but is better now…By the way, we have a nice farm close to the Alpine mountains in Bavaria.’ Signed in blue ink ‘Albert’. Small staple holes top left, mailing folds.

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