Craig Gottlieb is an American militaria and antique dealer.
He was born in 1971 to World War II veteran father and Protestant mother, who followed Judaism when she married Craig’s father.
He attended Cornell University, from where he earned a prestigious degree in Philosophy.
After finishing his college, Craig enrolled himself into the marine corps where he acquired the rank of Major.
It was in the late 1970s when he started collecting military antiques. He launched CGM (Craig Gottlieb Militaria) in the year 2000.
In the year 2010, Craig discovered the desk set used by Hitler to sign the Munich agreement in 1938.
He purchased the desk from the family of 2nd Lieutenant Jack McConn, who procured the desk from Hitler’s Munich Office in 1945.
Craig also found a pair of the painting of Hitler’s father and mother in Southern California which was owned by a French family.
He later sold those paintings on his CGM auction held in Solana Beach, California, on September 1, 2011.
Craig sold Hitler’s hat, uniform, medals and personal items in the same year; he also sold Hitler’s copy of Mein Kampf for the price of $28,400.
His first appearance in media was when he appeared on multiple episodes of ‘Auction Hunters,’ a reality show aired on SpikeTV.
He later became a regular on the series ‘Pawn Stars’ after his first appearance in the episode ‘Family Feud’ on May 28, 2012.
He is the author of two books, The SS Totenkopf Ring: An Illustrated History from Munich to Nuremberg (2008) and Gau Badges of Hitler's Germany (2012).
National Geographic Channel announced the start of a documentary series ‘Nazi War Digger’ on March 24, 2014.
Craig was one of the four principal cast members, but the show received a lot of criticism from archaeologists and was scrapped by the Channel.
The show later debuted its first episode in August 2015 on the Discovery Channel in Poland.
It was being aired on Channel 5 in the UK since January 2016 with the name ‘Battlefield Recovery’ and finished its first season.
As of recently, Craig has been traveling around South East Asia with his wife and children.