“Honey, where should I put the flowers?”
“In that yellow vase in the corner…you know, over by the Hitler.”
Despite a glut of publicity, much of it negative, Montreal auction house Iegore-Hotel des Encans went ahead with its art auction Tuesday evening, selling almost all of its 212 lots, including the six Hitler items. The auction house came into possession of the items â€” two signed greeting cards on personalized Adolf Hitler Third Reich stationary[sic], and four architectural drawings done by the amateur artist and future dictator â€” through a party who wished to remain anonymous.
I’ll bet he does.
When the auction became public several weeks ago, auctioneer Iegor de Saint Hippolyte, 57, a Russian immigrant who came to Canada in 1983, was thrown on the defensive. â€œI understand why some people might be upset,â€ he was quoted as saying. â€œMy 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. . . it is part of history and also my job.â€
The poor auctioneer. Wait, did he just say that he “was just following orders”? Sounds familiar.
“We find it deplorable that these objects, originally belonging to one of the most reviled mass-murderers in history, would financially benefit either the seller or the purchaser,â€ said Ann Ungar, executive director of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center and Museum. â€œWithout a doubt, these objects should be given to an institution devoted to education and research, for the benefit of the general public.â€
In all, the Hitler items sold for a total of $32,400. Not bad for a dead megalomaniacal racist genocidal motherf*cker. I don’t know who the buyer was, but the auction house should donate the funds to the Holocaust museum, which is where the buyer should donate his new Hitlers.
But now, moving on to the comedy portion of our program which allows me to refer to one of my favorite uses of Hitler in pop culture….what would happen if Hitler cloning were to become the norm, as predicted by the soothsayers/proprietors of the now-defunct Mr. Show With Bob And David, who discussed this phenomenon in a sketch called “Cloning Hitler“?
As reparations for the Holocaust, the cloned Hitlers are being given to Jewish families as servants. At a bar where the Hitlers congregate, one complains about the dating scene (“Once they find out you’re Hitler, forget about it”), while an older Hitler explains, “We have a saying around here, ‘Get used to it, Hitler.'”
And now, your scrolling bonus: the wikipedia entry on Hitler in popular culture.