A globe that once belonged to Adolf Hitler has sold at auction in San Francisco for £50,000 - more than five times its estimate.An American soldier found the globe among the ruins of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" in the Bavarian Alps in May 1945. Greg Martin, proprietor of the auction house that handled the sale and had estimated the item at £10,000, said: "This is probably the most airtight documentation I've run across in some time."We have pictures of the guy there at the time, standing in the ruins holding the globe like a newborn baby."The guy is a meticulous record keeper." The 91-year-old was at the sale yesterday with his son Barry when San Francisco entrepreneur Bob Pritikin placed the winning bid.

For now, there are three downwinders and one author rendezvousing to propel the sometimes misbegotten legacy of those sickened by Hanford and corralled by the secrecy.

Their narrative is enmeshed in the story of milk trains coming to Spokane and the winds of radioactive sickness and slow death tracing the hills, coulees, valleys and Ice Age-flooded scablands of this unique place of first nations tribes who are now relegated to their own reservations.

When Radioactive History is Rewritten, People’s Stories Surface Many tribes have pulled out three-eyed salmon from the Columbia.

Thyroids and guts went haywire, and cancers developed.

Or at least that’s what one side of the downwinder story unveiled.

As innocuous as it may sound, the 1949 “Green Run” at Hanford will live in infamy, tying people living throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon at the time of the radioactive releases to their shared destiny.

Keep in mind that there are human consequences to the story of nuclear energy, hitched to the atom bomb, and now forever galvanized to the entire question about nuclear energy’s efficacy.

Nearly everything of value was gone - except for the Fuhrer's globe."Literally, the place is all bombed out and here this globe is sitting there on the desk," he said.

He boxed it up with a few other keepsakes, including a pistol and a dagger, and shipped them home to Oakland in California."Hardly anyone knew I had it," he added.