The mysterious trove of Nazi artifacts found earlier this week in Argentina could be fake, according to a leading World War II and Nazi artifact auctioneer.
Police find hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts in Argentina
Bill Panagopulos, president of Maryland-based Alexander Historical Auctions, told the Washington Examiner that both the Argentinian government and media were deceived by the “carnival-quality garbage.”
“What a bunch of ersatz liverwurst!” he said.
Panagopulos called the discovered items obvious replicas and historical fakes after seeing the video and pictures provided by the police.
Panagopulos’ assertion contradicts comments made by Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich to the Associated Press on Monday.
“Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Bullrich said.
The AP had reported that a collection of 75 objects from the Third Reich, including magnifying glasses inside boxes with swastikas and a bas relief of Adolf Hitler, was found in a hidden room inside an art collector’s home in Argentina. Officials believed that the articles once belonged to high-ranking Nazi Germans during World War II.
The art collector is still under investigation.