ANNAPOLIS – A telephone, which remained in use of Adolf Hitler, was auctioned in the United States on Sunday for $243,000, while the name of successful bidder has not been released.

The Wehrmacht presented the phone to Hitler who used it to issue most of his commands during the last two years of World War II, states a description in the catalog for Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland.

The phone was recovered from the Fuhrerbunker in 1945 and has been kept in a box in an English country house ever since.

According to the catalog, the phone was made by Siemens as a black Bakelite phone and it was later painted red and engraved with Hitler’s name and a swastika.

The auction house termed the telephone as “Hitler’s mobile device of destruction” and called it “arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time, which sent millions to their deaths around the world.”