£220,000 for scuttle relics
- On 18/03/2007
- In Auction News
Relics from German battleships sunk after the First World War were among a treasure trove that made over £220,000 at an auction yesterday.
A ship's telegraph, clock, searchlight and parts of a porcelain dinner service salvaged from Kaiser Wilhelm II's fleet were sold in Edinburgh.
They were among items from a huge collection of antiques housed on Orkney by Norris Wood and sold by Bonhams.
The total of 580 lots went for around £223,680 - more than double the estimated proceeds. Seventy-four German ships were scuttled at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands in June 1919.
Some salvaged items were stored by Mr Wood at his 17th- century home, Graemeshall House, overlooking Scapa Flow.