Adolf Hitler paintings to go under the hammer in Germany

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Three watercolours depicting cottages, mills and churches nestled in rural landscapes will be auctioned on Sept 5, Weidler's auction house in Nuremberg said on Thursday.

"They're very neutral paintings," Kerstin Weidler told Reuters. "The white church picture is drawn very well in his style - of course he didn't make it into the Academy of Fine Arts," she added.

The three paintings are dated from 1910 and 1911 and originate from Vienna where Hitler spent several years as a struggling artist. He then joined the army and fought in World War One.

One of the paintings, "White church in the Wachau", was authenticated in 1963 by the late Peter Jahn, a renowned expert on Hitler's early pieces. "He ranked it as among Hitler's chief works," Ms Weidler said.

Although the precise number of extant works by Hitler is unknown, Ms Weidler said there were an estimated 723 pictures including sketches in existence.

The auction house is expecting a five figure sum for each picture. Earlier this year, Weidler's sold two other watercolours by the Nazi leader for a total of 32,000 euros (£28,000)...

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