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Watch that Belonged to Hitler is Sold for Over $1 million

Cheapism Logo By Jason Notte of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 29: A wristwatch that once belonged to Adolf Hitler just sold for an astonishing $1.1 million at a Maryland auction. This historic, yet obviously controversial item's value might make sense to some, but auctions have a tendency to elevate the prices of even the most mundane items. Sure, you might expect an art auction to get out of hand and send prices skyrocketing by millions of dollars, but even far lesser items tend to take on added value when there are competing parties trying to outbid each other. We took a look at recent auctions and found items in various categories that set records with the help of passionate bidders. Related: Sports Collectibles That Scored Big at Auction 

To the Highest Bidder

A wristwatch that once belonged to Adolf Hitler just sold for an astonishing $1.1 million at a Maryland auction. This historic, yet obviously controversial item's value might make sense to some, but auctions have a tendency to elevate the prices of even the most mundane items. Sure, you might expect an art auction to get out of hand and send prices skyrocketing by millions of dollars, but even far lesser items tend to take on added value when there are competing parties trying to outbid each other. We took a look at recent auctions and found items in various categories that set records with the help of passionate bidders. 

Related: Sports Collectibles That Scored Big at Auction 

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