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Chaos reigned in the bomb-ravaged streets of Munich on April 29, 1945. American troops were closing in. Hitler was a day away from killing himself in his bunker in Berlin.
The medal of a Nazi bodyguard who took five bullets aimed at Adolf Hitler has sold for a " world record price ". Ulrich Graf received the Blutorden Blood Order Medal after he helped protect Hitler when he tried to seize power in Bavaria in November 1923 - an event known as The Beer Hall Putsch.
The Blutorden Blood Order Medal was awarded to Ulrich Graf, who helped protect Hitler when he tried to seize power in Bavaria in November 1923 – an event Commenting on the sale, Hansons’ militaria expert Adrian Stevenson said: “It’ s a world - record price for a medal of its type – a phenomenal result.
© PA The medal went for nine times the asking price The medal of a Nazi bodyguard who took five bullets aimed at Adolf Hitler has sold for a "world record price".
Ulrich Graf received the Blutorden Blood Order Medal after he helped protect Hitler when he tried to seize power in Bavaria in November 1923 - an event known as The Beer Hall Putsch.
The medal was originally priced at £3,500 to £4,000 but instead went under the hammer for nine times that amount, fetching £36,500 at Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers' Militaria Auction on Friday.
The overall price paid by the private overseas buyer was £47,450 after the buyer's premium and VAT were added.
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Had he not done this, Hitler could have been killed, the Nazis may never have come to power and the Second World War could have been avoided. A year later he introduced the Blood Order medal which was awarded to those involved in the putsch 11 years earlier. Graf' s medal was sold off by his
A medal awarded to a Nazi soldier who took five bullets meant for Adolf Hitler has sold for a " world record " price . The Blutorden Blood Order Medal was awarded to Ulrich Graf, who helped protect Hitler when he tried to seize power in Bavaria in November 1923 - an event known as The Beer Hall
A Nazi eagle is featured on one side of the medal and an image of the Munich monument on the other. © Getty Ulrich Graf (right) with Hitler in 1938
It was awarded to Graf after he threw himself on Hitler and survived after being shot.
The former wrestler was one of the earliest members of the Nazi Party after it was founded in 1920.
He was one of Hitler's personal protection squad during the battle - which ended with 16 party members and four officers killed.
Hansons' militaria expert Adrian Stevenson said: "It's a world record price for a medal of its type - a phenomenal result.
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British children evacuated from an unidentified location on Sept. 1, 1939.
New addresses of people whose houses were destroyed during bombing scribbled outside a ruined house in Germany in 1944.
Jews are deported in open cattle carriages in Warsaw, circa 1944.
French singer Édith Piaf visits a prisoner-of-war camp in 1943.
Detonation of the atomic bomb over Nagasaki.
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Sold for record amount: Tania Szabo (left), daughter of Mrs Szabo, and actress Virginia McKenna (right), who played Mrs Szabo in the A record price was paid for the medal today. ‘Therefore, after examining the options, I decided to place her awards in auction. It' s probably one of the most iconic
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A German soldier in 1940.
A motorcyclist of the 1st Canadian Reconnaissance Squadron enjoys a cup of tea during an break in the day's work in 1940.
A German watch column in Paris, France, circa 1940.
Newspaper seller in London with banner declaring the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
Chinese soldiers marching toward the Salween front during the Burma Campaign in the South-East Asian Theater of World War II in 1943.
A boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London in 1940.
Grenadiers of the Waffen-SS carrying artillery grenades in 1944.
German submarine in the polar sea in 1942.
A group of people set for evacuation from London in 1939.
A squadron of Germany's Heinkel He-111 bombers on mission against enemy targets in October 1941.
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German troops enter Warsaw in 1939.
Members of a propaganda company within the battle zone report the events during the campaign in Poland in September 1939.
Germans advance toward Kasserine in Tunisia in February 1943.
Russian soldiers captured by Germans during an interrogation in 1943.
German troops positioned in Warsaw, Poland, on Sep. 15, 1939.
A war memorial in Russia in 1942.
Three stricken U.S. battleships — West Virginia (L), Tennessee (C) and Arizona — after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The destroyed monastery of Monte Cassino in Italy in April 1944.
Jewish prisoners stand in order, circa 1942.
Bombs in a weapons factory in 1940.
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A soldier during a meal, pictured in 1943.
Polish Jewish resistance women, captured after the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, in 1943.
Soviet Katyusha rockets on the Eastern Front in 1941.
German navy celebrates Christmas Eve aboard a U-Boat in 1943.
Crew of the Enola Gay, before departing for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
Field kitchen in a train handing out food to soldiers on Aug. 27, 1943.
Explosion after atomic bombing over Nagasaki in 1945.
A German soldier ducks down during an explosion in Russia in 1942.
Soldiers from the Commonwealth of Nations fighting for Great Britain as prisoners of war on their way to a German compound in 1943.
An F6F Hellcat (VF-2) crash-lands on USS Enterprise's flight deck in 1943.
The Enola Gay bomber lands back on Tinian island after dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
U.S. troops disembark on Tarawa island in 1943.
German soldiers watching the battle at the Eastern Front unfold at the exit of a bunker on Dec. 23, 1942.
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War correspondent and novelist Ernest Hemingway during the war in 1944.
A young Russian after the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1945.
General Charles de Gaulle inspecting the “Free French Naval Forces” in the U.K., 1941.
German soldiers celebrate Christmas in their quarter at the Eastern Front in 1943.
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An anti-Hitler demonstration in New York in 1939.
A soldier with a machine gun in a Ukrainian town in 1943.
German anti-aircraft warfare helpers in 1943.
A pro-Hitler rally in Berlin in 1941.
Soldiers on a ship in 1942.
Aerial view of the Ford Island (C) and Ford Airbase after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.
Crowds gather at Champs-Élysées Avenue to celebrate the German capitulation at the end of World War II on May 8, 1945.
Hitler inspecting a group of SA (Sturmabteilung) members in Germany in 1939. SA was the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party.
People take shelter in the Piccadilly Circus underground tube station, London in 1940.
German soldiers search Jews for weapons in September 1939.
Allied war ships and planes at Tokyo Bay in Japan in 1945.
A German officer arrested by a U.S. soldier in September 1944.
German prisoners under guard of the 2nd Armored Division of the French general, Philippe Leclerc, in September 1944.
The U.S. warships in Okinawa during the American troop landing in Japan in 1945.
German soldiers douse a fire in 1943.
Members of the German armed force unit, Volkssturm, in 1945.
A German prisoner at the end of the war in 1945.
Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter planes above the English Channel coast in 1940.
A French “Normandy” tank fording a stream in a combat area in January 1940.
Germany's dive bombers Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka on mission at the Kandalaksha front in June 1944.
The village of Saint-Lô in France which was completely destroyed by the allied bombings seen on July 14, 1944.
Horia Sima, a Romanian leader of the 'Iron Guards' organisation, leaves the organisation's headquarter after a commemoration ceremony in Bucharest in 1940. Behind Sima are representatives of the German embassy.
German soldiers on a village road in Russia in 1943.
German prisoners of war in 1942.
A U.S. soldier with a hand grenade during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.
German submarine on mission in the Atlantic Ocean in 1941.
Victory parade of the Wehrmacht in Warsaw in 1939.
A long-distance reconnaissance and fighter plane Focke-Wulf FW 200 over the Atlantic in August 1943.
A German tank and infantry entering a Soviet village in January 1944.
A German soldier in a camouflage outfit at the eastern front in 1942.
Children take a nap in a day care center in Germany in 1939.
A view of Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
A view of the armaments factory in 1940.
Axis powers' air attack on Malta in 1942.
Motorized heavy anti-aircraft gun crossing a river in October 1941.
General view of landing crafts by Allied forces in France on June 6, 1944.
German relief troops carry their baggage on sledges in Soviet Union in February 1944.
Allied landing operation at Anzio, Italy, on Jan. 22, 1944.
General Erhard Milch speaking to German Stuka pilots in 1940.
Starved prisoners at a concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria, on May 7, 1945.
A French soldier investigates the pile of footwear belonging to victims near the crematorium at Struthof Concentration Camp near Strasbourg, Alsace, France.
A scene of devastation after the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
American destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The city of Nagasaki after the atomic bombing in 1945.
Concentration camp prisoners after the liberation in May 1945.
The entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp after the liberation in 1945.
A Jewish prisoner in conversation with a soldier.
Prisoners at the Mauthausen concentration camp.
Polish Jewish resistance women and children, captured after the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.
Detainees of Flossenbürg concentration camp at work in a quarry, circa 1940.
The city of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb strike in 1945.
Soldiers and officers of the Volkhov and Leningrad Fronts meet after managing to open a narrow land corridor in the Siege of Leningrad.
Flag raising on Iwo Jima.
"Interest in this medal was high right from the start. It's a remarkable historical piece with a huge story to tell.
"We know that in the 1950s Ulrich Graf's family sold everything of his. They wanted no connection with his Nazi past.
"Our vendor was a British doctor who had a large collection of German Third Reich medals which are among the most popular genres of medals.
"Some countries like France ban the sale of Third Reich but I think that does a disservice to the victims of the Nazis, it is almost like sweeping it under the carpet.
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Pilot Thomas A. Jones sits in the cockpit of one of American Air Force's Flying Shark planes.
United States' B-17 Flying Fortress bomber with escort fighters fly over Germany, 1945.
Women workers assemble the tail fuselage of a B-17 Flying Fortress at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, U.S.
Three U.S. P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes in parallel formation in the Pacific, 1942.
A pilot on his plane with a British bulldog.
Navy warplanes fly over their carrier en route to Japanese bases in the South Pacific, 1944.
A damaged B-17C Flying Fortress bomber sits on the tarmac at Hickam Field, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
Members of Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) of the RAF pull ropes to lower a barrage balloon, 1941. When information was passed to a barrage balloon site that enemy planes had been sighted, the balloons which were normally tethered close to the ground were raised as a deterrent to low-flying aircraft.
A U.S. Flying Fortress with its crew, 1942.
USS Thetis Bay carrier transports planes in need of repair to Alameda, California, 1944.
The St Paul's Cathedral in London rises above smoke and flames after German air raids over Britain as part of the Blitz, December 1940.
A member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service on duty as an enemy aircraft spotter near London, 1943.
The ground crew tuning the engine of a British bomber for a raid.
British Supermarine Spitfire in action, circa 1940s.
Dogfights over the Albert Memorial, London, during the Battle of Britain, 1940.
Two American aircraft gunners inside a Flying Fortress bomber.
An aircraft spotter stands on the roof of a building in London.
A man being instructed on how to use an aerial camera on a plane.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order, "Full victory, nothing else," to paratroopers somewhere in England just before they board their airplanes, 1944.
Russian paratroops jump off a Tupolev TB aircraft.
A heavy bomber of U.S. Army 15th Air Force flies over burning oil refineries in Budapest, Hungary.
Sailors on a ship in the Pacific watch combat aircraft fly over the command tower of their ship in 1945.
Two German Dornier 217 aircraft on the offensive over the Silvertown area of London's Dockland, 1940.
Royal Air Force officers being presented to King George VI of the U.K. during his visit to France.
U.S. Air Force observation plane flies low over Naha, Japan, in May 1945.
Members from the 375th Fighter Squadron of the 361st Fighter Group fly their P-51 Mustangs over England.
The pilot and gunner of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver bomber prepare to fly.
Soviet Tupolev aircraft captured by the German army near Smolensk, Russia, circa 1941.
B-17G Fortress aircraft of the 381st Bomb Group in flight, 1944.
A tank being unloaded from Hamilcar, a British military glider.
A damaged Liberator bomber turns for home after dropping its bombs on target.
Four U.S. Naval fighter planes, Vought F4U Corsair, fly in formation.
Chinese crewmen prepare Curtiss P-40 "Rose Marie" of the 16th fighter squadron, 51st Fighter Group for a mission on Oct. 21, 1942, in China.
Soviet soldiers lounge on a seized Nazi plane.
The crew of the Bockscar, the B-29 bomber which dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
Three operatives deployed to the German aircraft sound detector or acoustic tracking device used as part of anti-aircraft defenses.
A Ninth Air Force B-26 flies over one of the beaches during the invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944.
A camouflage-painted Caproni Ca.310 Libeccio, a World War II-era Italian reconnaissance plane, is seen in the air.
Royal Air Force fighter pilots scramble to their planes during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
A Grumman F6F Hellcat takes off from the USS Lexington during operations in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands in the Pacific in November 1943.
Hickam Field aircraft hangar in Hawaii, destroyed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, circa 1942.
A Polish airman, who made it to Britain to fight with the RAF for the eventual freedom of Poland, sits in his cockpit, circa 1941.
Anti-aircraft fire from warships in the harbor of Salerno, Italy, after arrival of Allied forces in September 1943.
Marine soldiers of VMF-214, Colonel Gregory Boyington's Black Sheep Squadron, stand in front of an F4U Corsair aircraft on the Turtle Bay fighter strip in Espiritu Santo in the Pacific, circa 1943.
The first women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) Service in 1940. Their job was to fly combat aircraft from the factories to RAF bases.
An aircraft carrier, packed with Douglas Dauntless dive bombers and a Grumman fighter plane (far end) heads a convoy of some 20 vessels bound for the war zone, circa 1942.
Typhoon Squadron pilots rest by one of their fighter planes at an allied airbase.
A Japanese fighter plane shot down by U.S. forces in an aerial battle near the Northern Mariana Islands takes a nosedive into the Pacific Ocean.
Members of British Parachute Troops strap in their gear.
Fighters and torpedo bombers from the USS Yorktown fly in formation above the Pacific in October 1943.
Marines hang from parachutes suspended from a specially designed training tower.
Royal Air Force ground crew load a bomb into an aircraft in preparation for the Battle of the Ruhr, July 1943.
A Spitfire patrol leaves a European airbase for a sweep over Holland.
The crew of the 'Hell's Angel' flying fortress bomber looks on as Master Sergeant Folmer paints a motif on the aircraft's nose following its return from a successful raid. The bomber took part in over 40 raids.
A signalman guides a plane on an aircraft carrier using an illuminated reflector, 1942.
Airmen pose with different-size Italian bombs.
A corporal gives instruction to two men on aerial photography.
A U.S. crew loads 2,000-pound bombs on 8th Air Force aircraft at a British aerodrome, days before the D-Day, June 1944.
Eight planes fly in formation above Stearman Aircraft Factory in Wichita, Kansas, U.S., in 1941.
British paratroops rest during a flight.
A Royal Air Force flight crew prepare to board their bomber at an airbase in an undisclosed location.
A British soldier sits atop a downed German Messerschmitt 109 fighter plane.
Barrage balloons designed to hamper low-flying enemy aircraft, circa 1941.
British paratroops are inspected before a flight, circa 1941.
American soldiers examine one of the gliders, now damaged, that dropped them behind German lines in Holland.
Wellington bombers being tested after returning from the raid on Heligoland in 1939.
Women in the Observer Corps on duty, recording all planes that fly over their area.
A Norwegian flight commander with a Typhoon aircraft squadron chalking up his latest score during war in Britain, 1940s.
Aircraft are prepared for a morning sortie on the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Zuikaku, east of the Solomon Islands, on May 5, 1942.
Arado Ar 196 reconnaissance aircraft of Germany's Luftwaffe in air.
Avro Lancaster B Mark III of No. 103 Squadron RAF pauses on the flarepath at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, England, before taking off for a raid on Duisburg, Germany, during the Battle of the Ruhr, March 1943.
An Avro Lancaster bomber aircraft in flight.
Airmen of the Second Eagle Squadron, formed in the U.K. as part of RAF's Fighter Command, are seen in November 1941.
A plane is decontaminated by means of a steam jet.
Lancaster bomber crew, 1944.
Allied aircrews work around C-47 transport planes at an unidentified English base before the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.
American airborne infantry leap from a glider as they land in a field on a French farm to reinforce forward positions in Normandy.
A young RAF air gunner gets his eye on the mark in an Avro Anson reconnaissance aircraft during training with 52 Squadron in Benson, England, October 1940.
A German Zeppelin aircraft flies over Jerusalem on April 11, 1931, just before the outbreak of the World War II.
"The Nazis were walking to a monument that honoured the Bavarian Army when they met a police cordon across the road.
"Police opened fire and Graf took a bullet to the shoulder before throwing himself on Hitler and taking five bullets."
Mr Stevenson added: "Now Graf was a big, burly wrestler and obviously Hitler was slightly built. Would he have survived those five bullets? Who knows?
"But what Graf did 96 years ago potentially changed the course of history. His name has faded into obscurity since but he is still known in the collectors' market.
"There was interest in this medal from all over the world including Germany. You're allowed to collect Third Reich material there but it is illegal to show it in public."
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