The piece of the couch was taken by United States Army Colonel Roswell P. Rosengren, who served during most of World War II as public information officer for General Dwight D. Eisenhower, said Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Historical Auctions.
A few days after Hitler committed suicide by a pistol shot to the head, Rosengren
and a few fellow American officers were let into the dictator's air raid bunker by the Soviet forces, which controlled that portion of Berlin, Panagopulos
Although finding definitive proof that the blood belonged to Hitler would be extremely difficult, Panagopulos
said, anyone who could do so could help debunk rumors that Hitler did not die in the bunker.
Although Alexander Historical Auctions
deals with all kinds of historical items, ranging from war memorabilia to famous signatures, the Hitler blood relic is not the first controversial Third Reich item the auction has sold, Panagopulos
Despite the controversial nature of such items, Panagopulos
said, the people who purchase them do so for good reason.
"It's all history, good or bad, and as such it should be preserved," he
said, noting the buyers of these kinds of items are just normal people with an interest in protecting the past.