Auction 101

Lot 96:

LIBERATED WWII ALLIED HIGH COMMISSION BUILDING SIGN

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Start price: $200

Estimated price: $400 - $600

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LIBERATED WWII ALLIED HIGH COMMISSION BUILDING SIGN

One-of-a-kind ‘Allied High Commission’ building sign ‘liberated’ in Germany after WWII. It is unknown which building it came from, but it is certainly a unique relic from post-war Germany. Most likely saved after the dissolution of the High Commission in 1955. The sign is adorned with three shields representing the United Kingdom, The United States of America, and France. The enameled flags are set into a brass frame along with brass letters attached to a metal sheet 3.75 x 14.5 inches. The bottom tips of the UK and French seal are slightly dented. Else very good.

The Allied High Commission (also known as the High Commission for Occupied Germany, HICOG; Alliierte Hohe Kommission, AHK) was established by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France after the 1948 breakdown of the Allied Control Council to regulate and supervise the development of the newly established Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). The Commission took its seat at the Hotel Petersberg near Bonn and started its work on September 21, 1949. It ceased to function under the terms of the Bonn–Paris conventions, on May 5, 1955.

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