The phone will be put under Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland, USA, and is expected to go between $200,000 and $300,000.
The historic phone was recovered by Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner from Hitler’s bunker after his death. Ralph himself died in 1977 with his son Ranulf getting the inherited phone.
According to the auction listing, Rayner was gifted the phone by Russian officers:
Very likely the first non-Soviet victor to enter the city, Rayner went to the Chancellery where Russian officers offered him a tour. On entering Hitler’s private quarters, Rayner was first offered Eva Braun’s telephone, but politely declined claiming that his favorite color was red. His Russian hosts were pleased to hand him a red telephone – the telephone offered here.
Alexander Historical Auctions owner, Bill Panagopulos, talked about how their auctions don’t attract any neo-Nazis who disturbingly honor Nazi memorabilia because “they’re simply too uneducated to understand it,” and they mostly want “their symbols” rather than the “original Nazi artifacts.” He also added that a large percentage of his customers are Jewish, “because they understand the importance of preserving such artifacts.”