I detest Hitler and would never think of associating with him in any form. Not even a globe from his home. But if you are interested and hunting for ‘only one of its kind’ and distinctive objects then you would like to bid for a globe found by American soldier Barsamian. He found the globe in May 1945 in the Berghof, Hitler’s home in the Bavarian Alps town of Berchtesgaden. He boxed it up with a few other keepsakes, including a pistol and a dagger, and shipped them home. For more than 60 years, he kept the globe at his home in Oakland. It wasn’t displayed prominently, and he only told its story when close friends would ask. Now Barsamian is putting the artifact up for auction, along with all the military paperwork that allowed him to bring it back to the United States, including a certificate that reads “1 Global Map, German, Hitler’s Eagle Nest.” John Barsamian who is 91 now says that “Literally, the place is all bombed out and here this globe is sitting there on the desk.”
The globe rests on a plain wooden pedestal and wouldn’t seem out of place in a grade-school classroom. A weathered ribbon of transparent tape encircles the globe at its equator. Führer’s globe is expected to attract bids from $15,000 to $20,000 when it will be auctioned on Nov. 13 in San Francisco.