back to article Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

An old pair of knickers have been sold at auction for £2,900. The lilac panties belonged to Eva Braun, the mistress who married Adolf Hitler before she committed suicide by cyanide capsule as Nazi Germany faced collapse in April 1945. It is unlikely she was wearing them at the time. Originally expected to bring in £400, the …

  1. MrMcginty

    No, they wouldn't be interested in that kind of thing at all.

    1. TheVogon Silver badge

      That's a lot of money for scratch and sniff...

      Cheaper in Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkMGhKGp--Y

      1. bombastic bob Silver badge
        Devil

        "Cheaper in Japan"

        And now, before even seeing that video, I'm thinking of Happosai [from Ranma 1/2] saying "what a haul, what a haul!" as he runs around dressed like a sneak thief, with a large bag over his shoulder filled with stolen ladies' undergarments...

  2. Doc Ock

    Dirty old George bought them:

    "But in the middle of the night,

    He steals through your garden,

    Gives your hosiery a fright..........."

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

      Arnold Layne had a strange hobby

      Collecting clothes

      Moonshine washing line

      They suit him fine

    2. Colin Ritchie
      Windows

      It's Madness I tell you!

      Get your knickers down, before the dreaded time!

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        Re: It's Madness I tell you!

        Get your knickers down, before the dreaded time!

        At least there's no sign her knickers were in a twist....

      2. You aint sin me, roit
        Trollface

        Re: It's Madness I tell you!

        £2,900... not to be sniffed at!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Provenance ?

    Just curious as to what provenance has been provided ?

    Does anyone remember Alexie Sayle in "The Hitler Diaries" flogging suits that belonged to the Fuhrer ?

    "We thought it was just another suit, until we found this card in the pocket which indicated it was worn by the Fuhrer himself ...."

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Initial technical analysis...

    ... says they look big enough to have been quite comfortable.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Initial technical analysis...

      Myself, I prefer them a little bit tight.

  5. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

    "equally interested in the undergarments of the Allied leaders' wives."

    You never know, maybe some of J. Edgar Hoover's stash might turn up. Insert obvious "hoover up" pun.

  6. Harry the Bastard

    how do we know they weren't his rather than hers?

    and now i need some mind bleach

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: how do we know they weren't his rather than hers?

      @Harry the Bastard

      and now i need some mind bleach

      Look very carefully, I shall show this only once...

      https://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/jambus_2009/A6M3%20Hamp/allo%20allo/03.jpg

      Is that Helga wearing Herr Flick's underwear?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: how do we know they weren't his rather than hers?

      There would be a one ball stretch mark of course.

    3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: how do we know they weren't his rather than hers?

      Check the initials.

  7. Peter X

    I bet Trump bought them so he can wear them at his inauguration.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      That's one strange imagination you have.

  8. Fred Dibnah Silver badge
    IT Angle

    Thumbs up for the apostrophes.

  9. Warm Braw Silver badge

    Why is the monogram on the front?

    I would have expected to find Braun at the back...

    1. Jan 0

      Re: Why is the monogram on the front?

      Clearly BBC Radio 4 newsreaders wouldn't understand the joke.

      Is it really 'brawn' in the BBC pronunciation guide?

      Where's the brown coat icon?

  10. Tikimon Silver badge
    Coat

    Shades of Jurassic Park?

    The buyer obviously hopes to find some remnant genetic material (ick...) from Der Fuehrer. Then he can be CLONED and... whatever you do with cloned maniacs decades after their window of opportunity has passed. Not my kind of movie script.

    1. Antron Argaiv Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Shades of Jurassic Park?

      ...their window of opportunity has passed...

      Mr. Trump begs to differ...

      // wish I was joking

      1. Crazy Operations Guy Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Shades of Jurassic Park?

        Its completely wrong to compare Trump and Hitler. Adolph understood how economics worked...

        1. GitMeMyShootinIrons

          Re: Shades of Jurassic Park?

          Adolf had more convincing hair too.

    2. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

      Re: Shades of Jurassic Park?

      Actually shades of the "Boys from Brazil" which postulated the cloning of Hitler (book and movie from the 70's)

  11. This is my handle

    Where's the tech connection?

    That is all.

    1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      Re: Where's the tech connection?

      Easy. Herr Hilter was a great fan of technology - rockets, jet engines, encryption etc. We should now expect to see El Reg running articles on the underwear of the partners of other great tech leaders, Mrs Zuckerberg? Mrs Gates? Mrs von Braun? Mrs Babbage? The Earl of Lovelace?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Where's the tech connection?

      Aren't you fascinated by the idea that some bloke will pay almost three grand for a pair of seventy year old skiddies, that some pillaging Yank found and claimed were Eva Braun's?

      I'm hoping that a pair of my corroded skiddies will command that sort of money as we approach 2099. The lucky buyer will realise that the heavy corrosion of the fabric of the rear gusset was how Dr Ledswinger got his Nobel-winning inspiration that the hot feeling of a foul smelling fart was actually the reaction of H2S with bodily moisture, sufficiently gentle to just feel warm on sensitive skin, but with sustained deployment readily capable of rotting the arse out of a mature pair of shreddies.

      I'm still working on the mechanism by which hot, richly scented guffs are also usually silent. If anybody has the answer and would like to share my Nobel prize, then we can combine our efforts as a joint paper to resolve the ultimate mystery of the SBD, and maybe it will be two pairs of old pants that collectors are fighting over in 2099.

      1. Lars Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Where's the tech connection?

        My solution is a dog whistle up the .., works fine but has some funny drawbacks outdoors.

        Please ElReg, old bridges what ever but not anymore of this.

        1. Soap Distant

          Re: Where's the tech connection?

          "My solution is a dog whistle up the ..,"

          I'm told I'm so tight-arsed, that only dogs can hear me fart anyway...

          SD

    3. jake Silver badge

      Re: Where's the tech connection?

      One word: Bootnotes.

      1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

        Re: One word: Bootnotes.

        Surely Jackbootnotes?

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Where's the tech connection?

      Eva Braun made many electric shavers, did you not know this?

  12. Andy Non Silver badge
    Coat

    Well that's just pants.

  13. davtom
    FAIL

    WTF?

    That is all.

  14. Mike Moyle Silver badge

    "(T)he silk knickers were sold for £2,900 when they went under the hammer..."

    Oddly enough, that's how Adolph used to refer to in on late night visits to Eva's room...

  15. Bloodbeastterror

    Yeuch...!!!

    On so many levels.

  16. Marketing Hack Silver badge

    So, was the buyer an overworked Japanese sari-man?

    I guess the vending machines were offline in Tokyo.

  17. Mr Dogshit

    Disappointed no swastikas.

  18. Mike Moyle Silver badge

    Just noticed...

    Amusingly, Eva Braun's monogram appears to be the source for the neon "Excellence In Broadcasting" logo that Rush Limbaugh has hanging behind him in his radio studio.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      It's also a bit like the Bugatti logo, come to think of it. I guess the possibilities of doing something with the initials E and B are exhausted at some point. But then again, I'm an engineer, not a designer - maybe we should ask Jonathan for his thoughts on this?

  19. Pompous Git Silver badge

    Presumably...

    ...monogrammed so that EB could tell they were hers rather than his.

  20. wolfetone
    Holmes

    £2,900 for Eva Braun's knickers?

    I can't wait to find out how much Adolf's tighty whities go for in the future, and what absolute f**king mornonic idiot would think they were worth purchasing.

    I mean what the actual f**k? Why the f**k would anyone think buying a used pair of knickers is such a good thing? Are they devoid of any sort of common sense?!

    1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

      Re: £2,900 for Eva Braun's knickers?

      You obviously haven't heard the term "More money than sense"

      Why is an original painting worth millions, but a photograph of it only pence?

      Why is a used stamp 'worth' millions? Why do people pay hundreds for a new fiver?

      The mind of the collector is a closed book to many of us.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: £2,900 for Eva Braun's knickers?

        Why is an original painting worth millions, but a photograph of it only pence?

        If you go to the National Galley and stand close to look at the paintings of Turner and Constable you'll find your answer. Not that I've got the readies to buy one, but a mere photo is not the the same thing.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: £2,900 for Eva Braun's knickers?

      Maybe he was just missing that from the rest of the wardrobe they have.

  21. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    Mr and Mrs Hitler - Worst. Honeymoon. Ever.

    (Richly deserved, though, needless to say.)

  22. Stratman

    Are E and B

    the German equivalent of C and A?

    So she knows which way round to wear them.

  23. hatti

    Mmmm?

    I'm assuming there's some verifiable proof of who they belong to such as DNA tests and some of Adolf's pubes and encrusted reprogoo otherwise they could just be any old pants.

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