An auction house has been criticised after saying that banning Nazi memorabilia would do a “disservice” to Holocaust victims, after Hitler’s saviour’s medal sold for a record price.
The Blutorden Blood Order Medal was awarded to Ulrich Graf, who helped protect Hitler when he tried to seize power in Bavaria in November 1923 – an event known as The Beer Hall Putsch.
The silver medal, which features the Nazi eagle on one side and an image of the Munich monument on the other, was given to Graf after he threw himself on Hitler and survived after being shot. He took five bullets for Hitler.
It fetched nine times its £3,500-£4,000 asking price at auction after selling for £36,500 at Hansons Auctioneers’ Militaria Auction on July 26.
After the buyer’s premium and VAT were added to the overall price, the figure paid by the private overseas buyer was £47,450, which was said by experts to be a “world-record price”.