Towson, Md. - Nazi Baton Sells For $731,600

A Maryland auction house said a Nazi field marshal's baton sold for $731,600 after it was valued at only $10,000 to $15,000.

The 19-inch long baton, which once belonged to Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, was listed with an estimated value of $10,000 to $15,000 prior to Saturday's auction at Alex Cooper auctioneers in Towson, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

The auction house declined to release the name of the buyer.

The baton was discovered by a U.S. soldier searching a Berlin castle for traps in July 1945, the Alex Cooper Web site said. The item was passed down to his son, who consigned it for auction.

Kesselring died in 1960 at the age of 74.



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