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But Gnegel said: 'Why should a company in Great Britain construct an earpiece for Hitler before the war?Siemens would certainly have built a new telephone for Hitler.' The phone was originally a black Bakelite phone that was later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name.Russian officers gave the phone to British Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner during a tour of the bunker shortly after Germany's surrender. Rayner, who was the Conservative MP for Totnes between 19 and knighted in 1956, gave the phone to his son, who stored it in a safe until deciding to put it up for auction on February 19.
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The peeling red paint is another clue that it is a forgery, he said: 'Siemens would have built a proper example from dyed plastic, instead of unprofessionally painting over a black telephone.
Everything to do with Hitler was produced in a high-quality fashion; why should an engraving be simply be painted over?
The handset of the phone must be rotated almost 60 degrees before it can be lifted out of its cradle.
This feature kept the handset from shaking loose while being transported.