A photo album that shows the Duke of Windsor meeting Adolf Hitler on a trip to Germany in 1937 has outstripped expectations by raising more than five times its pre-auction estimate.

How we reported the upcoming sale last month

The ‘astonishing and chilling’ album bowed out for £5,600 at Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorset yesterday.

Compiled by the Duke of Windsor’s equerry, Sir Dudley Forwood, many of the 60 images were said to be previously unseen.

As we reported last month, the photos detail the Duke of Windsor’s official visits with his new wife Wallis Simpson, who was the cause of the abdication crisis the previous year.

The lot, which had been expected to fetch £500-£1,000, included Forwood’s invitation to the Duchess of Windsor’s funeral in 1986.

Speaking before the sale, Timothy Medhurst, an expert at Duke’s, said: ‘It is a unique piece of history compiled at a time when the Nazi war machine was preparing for European conquest and the systematic slaughter of millions of people.’

According to Forwood, who died in 2001, the trip to Germany was arranged to allow the Duke of Windsor’s wife to experience a state visit, rather than to support the Nazi regime.

In one caption, Forwood wrote that the school was set up ‘to teach the young Germans to become true Nazis. It is run on the lines of an English public school with every type of facilities for games’.

On a visit to a concentration camp that appeared to be deserted, Forwood wrote: ‘We saw this enormous concrete building, which I now know contained inmates. The Duke asked: “What is that?”

Our hosts replied: “It is where they store the cold meat.”

‘In a horrible sense, that was true.’

  • aunty

    The photo was taken in 1937. World War 2 didn’t start two years later. You need to do a bit of research on the MANY occasions heads of state have met other heads of state during peace time and prior to wars, coups and massacres. Unless you think the Royal Family are psychic too?

  • disqus_xp4GYx7DZk

    AH just promised the Abdicator that Wallis was invited to AH’s coprophilia party…

  • disqus_xp4GYx7DZk

    Why are these photos “chilling”? For God’s sake, there pre-war, 1937, and show British dignitaries being hosted by their German hosts.

  • direstraights

    They look like they’re having a magic moment.

  • Dan

    Yes .. The Bush family ( Prescott Bush )has history of Hitlers Germany and money laundrying . The Vatican along with American black ops at the end of WW2 also had a history with Hitler and Germany

  • RelayerM31

    I wonder how much the photo of Kerry and the Iranians will get in a few decades?

  • jaguar

    Now you know the Royals supported Hitler, look how everyone is smiling… They all have blood on their hands!!!