The satirical cartoons that suggest Hitler could laugh at himself

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The Nazi leader gave his approval to the first and only edition of the collection, published in 1933, in his first year of power.

The illustrations, compiled from the world's press including the Daily Express and the New York Herald Tribune, depict Hitler as a ludicrous yet dangerous politician. The book sold for £200.

Richard Westwood-Brookes, of Mullock Madeley auctioneers in Ludlow, Shropshire, said the publication was "clever and subtle Nazi propaganda".

Other Second World War items on sale included a letter from the Nazi official Heinrich Himmler, which sold for £1,300, and Hitler's invasion plans with maps of Britain, which fetched £800.