They could scare off buyers with high prices and doubts about the authorship.
The Weidler trading house put up for auction in Nuremberg five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler, but they were not sold. The cost of paintings ranged from 19 to 45 thousand euros.
In addition to the high cost, potential buyers could be embarrassed by doubts about their authorship: a few days before the auction, part of the paintings were withdrawn on suspicion of forgery. Art critics also doubt the ability to prove the authorship of Hitler, since he was a mediocre artist, and his works are no different from thousands of others.
The auction house did not comment on the reasons for the failure, but said that the paintings could be sold later.
The auction was intentionally held in Nuremberg, where in 1945 Nazi criminals were tried. The public reacted ambiguously to the idea: for example, the mayor of the city called it “bad taste”.