A controversial critical edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf has sold out instantly after going on sale in German bookshops for the first time in 70 years.

Demand for the 2,000-page annotated version of the inflammatory text that hit bookstores on January 8 massively exceeded supply, with 15,000 advance orders for an initial print run of just 4,000 copies.

One copy of the edition, which costs £43 (59 euros), was even reportedly put up for resale on Amazon.de for £7,521.43 (9,999.99 euros).

The new edition of the notorious partly-autobiographical manifesto only appeared after the copyright, held by the German state of Bavaria which had refused to publish the book, expired on January 1.

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