Dutch experts doubt authenticity of rare 'Adolf Hitler' watercolour painting

Two researchers in the Netherlands have raised doubts about a rare watercolour painting signed by Adolf Hitler, saying it appears more likely to be the work of a forger, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday. “It is very probably a fake Hitler” painting, Bart Droog and Jaap van den Born, both specialists in tracking imitations of Hitler’s artwork, told the daily De Volkskrant. The aquarelle — a technique of painting with thin transparent watercolours — depicting a tower in Vienna had been donated this year to the Amsterdam-based NIOD wartime institute by a woman whose identity was not revealed. The woman’s father originally bought the painting at a stamp and coin market for 75 cents and only realised when he got home that it was signed by “A. Hitler”, media reported in November when news of the donation became known. “After months of following an authentication process the… conclusion is: it’s an original from the hand of Adolf Hitler,” the NIOD said in a statement at the time, putt