Ex-Adolf Hitler Mercedes heads to auction

A 1939 Mercedes-Benz is set to make millions at auction later this month, thanks to one very notorious owner. The Mercedes 770 Grosser Offener Tourenwagen is one of just three in private ownership, and can count infamous dictator Adolf Hitler as a previous owner.

Described by the auction house as "the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale", the spectacular coachbuilt four-seat convertible would be worth a significant sum even without its historical provenance.

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Rod Egan, principal of seller Worldwide Auctioneers, said: "This car, without any history, is likely a $5 million [£3.64m] car.

"It is safe to say that, in general, significant provenance and history tend to command a multiple of the value of any given rare car.

"What is that multiple in this case – two times, three times, 10 times? Who knows – that's up to the world market to decide. We look forward to finding out as much as everyone else does."

The last time this car was sold at auction in 2004 it made an enormous $18 million (£13m) – equivalent to $23,357,120 (£16,981,794) adjusted for inflation. Were it to match that figure, it would become the seventh most expensive car ever sold at auction.

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