Nazi memorabilia sold at Hayward's Auction House in Dunedin
yesterday fetched ''significantly more'' than expected,
co-proprietor Kevin Hayward said.
About 75% of the lots sold despite Hayward's receiving a
letter from the New Zealand Jewish community expressing their
The most popular items were authentic pre-1945 daggers, which
each sold for between $600 and $700, and Nazi war helmets,
with the most expensive selling for $675.
Large Nazi flags sold for $250-$320.
More than 350 people registered for the auction, with ''a
couple of hundred'' still on the floor for the German
military and Nazi items lot.
''I was quite surprised at the amount of people that stayed
in the room. I guess they were just interested to see what
happened,'' Mr Hayward said.
In another auction at Haywards yesterday, stuffed animals
sold well above expectations, with the top-selling giant yak
from Toronto going for $3600.
The 30-plus animals were originally owned by Eden Hore, of
Mr Hore died 16 years ago, after which his nephew John Steele
and his wife, Margaret Steele, took over the 1970s Fashion
Museum and decided to sell the animals.
Mr Hayward said the auction was a success and surprised him.
A stuffed donkey sold for more than $1000, a peacock for $600
and a stuffed rabbit for $350.