The planned auction of Nazi memorabilia has sparked multiple calls for the items to be withdrawn from sale.

Lipscombe Auction House in central Nelson has several items of Nazi memorabilia listed as part of a “Militaria, Model Ships & Police Unclaimed Auction”, which is scheduled to run online and in house on Sunday between 11am and 2pm.

Flags and badges featuring the swastika are included in the online list.

“Nazi memorabilia carries with it a history of hate and intolerance,” said Nelson human rights activist Sarah Sharp, one of several people who have called for the items to be withdrawn from the auction.

On behalf of the New Zealand Jewish Council, Juliet Moses said that while it was not illegal, “it is disturbing to see flags emblazoned with swastikas for sale in Aotearoa”.

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