Hitler's 'murder' phone goes up for sale

American auction house estimates value of phone, used to order annihilation of millions, at $200-300 thousand.

Mordechai Sones ,

Hitler (reproduction)
Hitler (reproduction)
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Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, with which he ordered the murder of millions, will be sold at auction in the United States.

The historical phone has been kept in a box in a UK rural area since 1945, and was transferred to the intended auction house in Maryland.

The Nazi leader used this phone to issue the majority of his orders for the last two years of World War II.

The auction house's website said that the phone is "arguably the most destructive 'weapon' of all time, which sent millions to their deaths around the world."

The phone was manufactured in black by the Siemens corporation. To give it a Nazi look the phone is painted in red and stamped with the name of Hitler next to a swastika.

The British officer who pulled the phone from the bunker's ruins is Ralph Rayner whose son Ranulf inherited the phone after Ralph's death in 1977. The 82-year-old said that his 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. He never thought it would become an important artifact."