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Hitler’s phone which ‘sent millions to their deaths’ sold for $243K at auction

A telephone that belonged to Adolf Hitler sold at auction for $243,000 to an anonymous bidder on Sunday, according to the auction house responsible for its sale.

The Siemens phone, which bears Hitler’s name and a swastika, is “arguably the most destructive weapon of all time, which sent millions to their deaths” according to a catalog description by Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland.

The item was given as a gift to British officer Sir Ralph Rayner, who handed it down to his son Ranulf Rayner after his death, according to a statement from the auction house’s catalog.

On May 5, 1945, a day after Germans surrendered, Rayner was ordered by Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery to make contact with the Russians in Berlin, according to the auction house.

The Russians offered Rayner a telephone that belonged to Eva Braun, Hitler’s bride, but he joked that he preferred red.

“His Russian hosts were pleased to hand him a red telephone,” the auction house said in the catalog. “The telephone offered here.”

Rayner told CNN that his father brought the phone and a dog figurine, which was made by slave laborers at Dachau concentration camp, back to their home in Devon in western England.

“My father didn’t see it as a relic of Hitler’s glory days, more a battered remnant of his defeat, a sort of war trophy,” Rayner told CNN. “He never thought it would become an important artifact.”

The dog figurine sold for $24,300.

Rayner told CNN he hoped the objects would be purchased by a museum.

“I don’t want them to be hidden again,” he said. “I want them to remind the world of the horrors of war.”