SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm before it was scuttled
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German Battleships Sunk In Scapa Flow Sell Below Asking Price On eBay

They were listed on auction site eBay with a combined asking price of just over £800,000 for the four vessels.

SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm before it was scuttled

The SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm was among the four German ships scuttled in Orkney a century ago (Picture: Royal Navy/Crown Copyright).

Four World War One German battleships sunk in Scapa Flow in Orkney have been sold online for a total of £85,000.

The vessels were part of the German High Seas fleet and were deliberately scuttled 100 years ago.

They were listed on auction site eBay with a combined asking price of just over £800,000 for the four vessels.

The ships include the Karlsruhe, Konig, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Markgraf.

SMS Karlsruhe sold for £8,500, with Konig, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Markgraf all selling for £25,500 each.

The vessels cannot be removed from the seabed.

Markgraf and Kronprinz for sale on ebay screenshot ebay 210619
The adverts each have seven days left, unless purchased sooner (Picture: eBay).

The listing described the ships as "used", adding the buyer would need to collect, but said the sale "will require the consent of the Ministry of Defence".

It is believed the vessels belonged to a man who purchased them around 1981, with the intention of performing further salvage operations.

However, the wrecks are protected as scheduled monuments, which stop him from doing that.

The advert further added the buyer would own "a sizable naval fleet amongst the largest in the world".