The 'rarest ever' edition of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler is set to go under the hammer and expected to fetch up to £30,000
A first edition of the infamous book which the Nazi dictator wrote while he was in Landsberg prison in Germany in 1925, is going for auction later this month and is anticipated to create a bidding war.
The book, which combines elements of autobiography and Hitler's political ideology, is one of just 20 limited edition copies that were produced out of the 500 made.
It is signed and dedicated by Hitler and features vellum bindings and gold lettering on the titles, and is numbered 19.
Expert Richard Westwood Brookes, of Mullocks auctioneers, said: 'This is probably the rarest ever edition of Mein Kampf ever to be offered at auction. It is one of 20 - you can't get much rarer than that.
'It is signed by Hitler, which makes it an even rarer version of the first edition.
The book is dated Christmas Eve 1925 and dedicated to Hermann Esser, who was one of the founders of the Nazi party and also in prison for his part in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1923.
The book, which was donated to the Shropshire auctioneers by a collector from Australia, could fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 when it goes under the hammer on April 19 in the historical documents lot.
Hitler was thought to have died in 1945, which means the book is still under copyright until 2015.
Mr Westwood-Brookes said: 'Somebody somewhere is still deriving the royalties from it.'