Uruguay: Giant Nazi eagle salvaged from Graf Spee warship set for auction

A bronze Nazi eagle and swastika salvaged from the shipwreck of the Admiral Graf Spee is slated for auction in the coming months. Weighing between 300 and 400 kilograms (661-881 pounds) and measuring nine feet (2.74 metres) wide, the eagle was found on the stern of the sunken Graf Spee battleship. The Nazi German vessel was scuttled by its captain off the coast of Uruguay in 1939 following a... Еще sea battle with Britain's Royal Navy. The giant statue was salvaged by a company belonging to businessman Alfredo Etchegaray in 2006 and thereafter sat in a warehouse while ownership rights were settled in a legal case. The country's Supreme Court eventually ruled that the Uruguayan state was the eagle's rightful owner, but that Etchegaray should receive 50 percent of the sale price. Speaking during an interview in Montevideo on Saturday, Etchegaray said he believes there's a good chance of a positive outcome for all parties concerned. «There is a high probability of finding a solution, because it [the eagle] is stored in a crate. What kind of high value [item] linked to history, whether economically or culturally, goes into a crate?,» he said. Bids for the eagle are thought to start at $26 million (€22 million). It has been suggested that the proceeds should go towards funding the Uruguayan armed forces.

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