Hitler’s copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ sells at auction for over $20K
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Hitler’s copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ sells at auction for over $20K

Historic copies of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" are displayed during the book launch of a new critical edition at the Institut fuer Zeitgeschichte in Munich, Germany, Jan. 8, 2016. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Historic copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” are displayed during the book launch of a new critical edition at the Institut fuer Zeitgeschichte in Munich, Germany, Jan. 8, 2016.
(Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Adolf Hitler’s personal copy of his autobiography “Mein Kampf” sold at auction for more than $20,000.

An American was the top bidder for the red leather-bound book, which went on the block Friday at Alexander Historical Auctions at the Maryland Auction House in Chesapeake City, the French news agency AFP reported.

The book sold for $20,655; it was expected to fetch more than its estimated value of $12,000 to $15,000.

There were more than 10 active bidders on the phone and online, according to the ABC affiliate WMAR.

The copy of “Mein Kampf” was found in Hitler’s apartment and bears the signatures of the 11 American soldiers who found it, auctioneer Bill Panagopulos told the local CBS affiliate WJZ. It had been kept by one of the soldiers’ daughters until recently.