Bader artefacts auction

Douglas Bader’s prosthetic leg up for auction

A prosthetic leg worn by war hero Douglas Bader is to be sold at auction.
It is one of 43 items belonging to the Second World War hero, who continued to fly for the RAF despite losing both his legs in a plane crash.

Eleys Auctions in Boston, Lincs, also plans to sell prints belonging to Adolf Hitler of his lover Eva Braun, and a set of three silver trays presented to him on his 50th birthday.
Phillip Knapper, from the auction house, said he expected Bader’s memorabilia, including Red Cross parcels sent to him in Colditz Castle as well as his mess bill, to exceed £100,000.
His Alvis car from the 1960s is expected to fetch another £60,000. The items belonging to Hitler could go for more than £55,000.

He described the vendor as a man in his 80s from Lincolnshire. He bought the items from the daughter of Bader’s mess sergeant at RAF Duxford.

The collection of the Hitler memorabilia was being sold privately as such sales remained sensitive, Mr Knapper said.
It includes a perfume bottle, six silver schnapps cups and a glass bowl that belonged to Eva Braun. The items are being sold by an antiques dealer from Lincolnshire.


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