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蒙特利尔一拍卖行将拍卖希特勒艺术作品
Updated:2005-07-19 13:28
Montreal auction house to sell Hitler's art

蒙特利尔一拍卖行将拍卖希特勒艺术作品

蒙特利尔一拍卖行将拍卖希特勒艺术作品

A combination of undated handout photographs shows four architectural sketches by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler that will be sold in an auction in Montreal later this month. The top images show sketches of German schools, bottom left is a design for an opera house in Linz, and bottom right is a sketch for a German school monument. (Reuters/Handout)

The man who will be taking bids on several sketches and postcards by Adolf Hitler at a local auction later this month said he hates the Nazi dictator and all tyrants as much as anyone, but he is merely doing his job.

"I understand perfectly why some people might be upset ," auctioneer Iegor de Saint Hippolyte of the Iegor-H?tel des Encans auction house told reporters.

"My own grandfather was in a concentration camp. But I'm doing it for the same reason I would sell a poster of Lenin or Trotsky. I have exactly the same feeling as they do, but it is part of history and also my job."

Jewish organizations expressed dismay last week about the July 19 and 20 auction of four architectural-type sketches and two greeting cards composed by Hitler during the 1920s and 1930s.

One of the greeting cards is a Christmas card sent by Hitler in 1935 wishing the recipient "most heartfelt good wishes" for the holiday and new year.

Max Bernard, honorary vice-president of Canadian Jewish Congress, Quebec region, said in a statement that it's "terribly disheartening to think that someone would seek to profit from the sale of those items or that others would enjoy owning them."

Saint Hippolyte denied profit was his or his auction house's primary motive.

"My mandate is to sell what people have, to get rid of what people want to get rid of, to serve the seller," he said.

If the auction house does profit from the sale, it's no different than any enterprise receiving remuneration for doing its work, he said.

"It is the first time we are selling anything 'artistic' from that period," Saint Hippolyte said. "But we have previously sold many military artifacts from that era, including to Jewish buyers."

Saint Hippolyte declined to disclose how the auction house obtained the articles up for bid, saying the seller, like all sellers dealing with his auction house, stays anonymous unless specific circumstances warrant otherwise.

Last month, a signed first-edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf was sold by Bloomsbury Auctions in London for $51,000.

(Agencies)

本月晚些时候,由希特勒亲笔所画的几幅素描及明信片将在蒙特利尔被拍卖。据即将主持这场拍卖会的人讲,尽管他和其他人一样痛恨这位纳粹独裁者和所有暴君,但是他拍卖这些东西,不过是在尽自己的职责而已。

“我完全能够理解有些人为什么会感到不快,”莱戈·霍特鲁·德·因堪斯拍卖行的拍卖师莱戈·德·圣伊波利特对记者说。

“我的祖父曾被关在集中营里。但是我出售这些画,和我出售列宁或托洛茨基的招贴画的理由毫无二致。我完全能体会那些犹太人团体的感情,但是,这些画是历史的组成部分,拍卖它们也是我的职责。”

上周,犹太人团体曾对此表示失望。拍卖会将于7月19日和20日两天举行,拍卖的作品包括四幅建筑风格的素描和两张贺卡,是希特勒于上世纪二三十年代创作的。

其中的一张贺卡是希特勒于1935年寄出的圣诞卡,向接受者致以圣诞节和新年“最衷心最美好的祝福”。

加拿大犹太人大会魁北克区名誉副会长马克斯·伯纳德在一项声明中说,“一想到竟然有人指望出售这些东西来渔利,有人以拥有它们为乐,就令人感到特别沮丧。”

圣伊波利特否认他和他所在的拍卖行此举的主要目的是为了赚钱。

“我的职责就是拍卖人们所拥有的东西,把他们不想要的东西甩出去,为卖主服务。”他说。

他说,就算拍卖行确实从这笔交易中获利,这与企业从事经营活动获利也没什么两样。

“这是我们第一次拍卖来自那个时期的‘有艺术价值的’东西。不过,之前我们也曾拍卖过属于那个时代的军事物品,有一些买家还是犹太人,”他说。

圣伊波利特拒绝透露拍卖行是如何获得这些拍卖品的,只是说这位卖主与拍卖行的所有卖主一样,除非出现特殊情况需要担保,否则不会透露自己的姓名。

上个月,布鲁斯伯雷拍卖行曾以5.1万美元的高价在伦敦拍卖了一本希特勒的著作《我的奋斗》。这本书是第一版,上有希特勒的亲笔签名。

(中国日报网站译)

 

 

Vocabulary:

upset: in a state of emotional or mental distress; distraught(心烦意乱的;极其苦恼的)

dismay: a sudden or complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger(沮丧,惊慌,突然或完全失去勇气)

disheartening: 令人沮丧的

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