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Hitler paintings 'genuine': ex-Hells Angels boss

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16:13 CET+01:00
Sweden's debt collection agency (Kronofogden) had planned to sell seven paintings, believed to be painted by Adolf Hitler, to pay off former Hells Angels head Thomas Möller's mounting debts.

The agency hoped that the sale would bring in 500,000 kronor ($7,600) at least but after seeking expert advice, their plans were scuppered when the paintings were valued at only a few hundred.

However, Möller, indignant at the suggestion that his paintings are fake, is now claiming to have documentation proving that they are genuine.

”I got the paintings straight from Otto Skorzeny, who got them from Adolf Hitler himself,” Möller told Sydsvenskan newspaper.

Skorzeny was a well-known Nazi and a colonel in the Waffen-SS and according to Möller, the true worth of the paintings is 4 million kronor, not 500,000 that the collection agency had initially hoped to make.

Möller told Sydsvenskan that he is going to try to buy the paintings back if the agency auctions them off.

They were taken from his home in the middle of an ongoing legal battle between Möller and the agency and according to him, the debt collection agency has no right to sell off his property.

”They took stuff worth two million kronor from my home, even my crocodile shoes,” Möller told the paper.

Christer Davidsson, responsible for the sale of Möller's repossessed estate is uncertain what to believe about the authenticity of the Hitler paintings after all the twists to the story.

”Of course it is disappointing if it turns out they aren't valuable. But first and foremost we want to see the evaluation that the police had done, we haven't seen that yet. We will decide what to do after that,” Davidsson said.

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