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Realjambo
07-30-2006, 02:21 PM
Just thought I'd post this up - I searched ebay for Uboat collectables. I'm not the seller or anything like that.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/8e_1_b.jpg

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/U534-german-Uboat-Piece-steel-in-...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/U534-german-Uboat-Piece-steel-in-a-bag_W0QQitemZ330011392908QQihZ014QQcategoryZ4724QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Realjambo
07-30-2006, 02:21 PM
Just thought I'd post this up - I searched ebay for Uboat collectables. I'm not the seller or anything like that.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/8e_1_b.jpg

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/U534-german-Uboat-Piece-steel-in-...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/U534-german-Uboat-Piece-steel-in-a-bag_W0QQitemZ330011392908QQihZ014QQcategoryZ4724QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Goose_Green
07-30-2006, 02:54 PM
Could be any rusting piece of steel, it says there is a certificate of authenticity - who has authorised it? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

VikingGrandad
07-30-2006, 03:10 PM
I would have to question this item's authenticity. The lack of information gives me some doubts... Why isn't there a larger picture of it and/or the certificate? What is the item? How did the seller get hold of it? And who 'authorised' the certificate? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

When the Historic Warships museum was open, the only official 'relics' you could buy in the museum shop were small plastic bottles containing some diesel oil drained from U-534's fuel tanks.

My guess is that the item is something picked up by a local guy who found it on the floor area where U-534 stood, after she was moved further down the dock road a few weeks ago - and that the certificate has been fabricated to help give it authenticity.

It's a possibility that the museum shop sold such relics a few years ago (I only visited once, in <STRIKE>July '06</STRIKE> <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">July '05!!</span>) but my advice to anyone thinking of bidding for this item would be to ask the seller some questions first!

Realjambo
07-30-2006, 03:10 PM
I'm sceptical too. Just thought I'd post it up to see what others here thought.

If I have time I'll contact the seller and demand they explain exactly how why and where this steel comes from.

Goose_Green
07-30-2006, 03:28 PM
Excellent post there VG - I totally agree, I have obvious doubts myself, and ebay is renowned for scams like this - it's a good thing all of us here are educated enough on the subject to see this as a scam.

@RJ - I have thought about posing a question to the seller too!

Realjambo
07-30-2006, 03:46 PM
Ok, I've put the following questions to the seller. Be interesting to see if I get a reply.

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1. Who authorises you to sell this item?
2. Who has signed the certificate, and what position do they hold in order to put their name to such a document?
3. How can I be sure this item is exactly as advertised?
4. Are you, as seller, connected in any way to the Historic Warships museum at Birkenhead?
5. How exactly did you come to have this item in your possesion to sell?

We'll see.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

PS: I'll just add that I didn't see this and think 'OMG! I.Just.Have.To.Have.That! Where do I bid? Wow my own bit of U534! Neither do I intend on bidding for it.

3.JG51_Molders
07-31-2006, 12:10 AM
Lets say for a moment that this meant be a piece of U-534. It, to me, is the last way ANY piece of history should end up. If the idea of raising a U-boat to simply scrap it and sell it off in pieces is today's way of "preserving" history then I really don't understand what has become of us.

Realjambo
07-31-2006, 01:55 PM
Well. Whad'ya know. The Seller replied:

"Hi I was the souvenir shop manager at the Warships I worked there for 13+ years.

The certificate is signed by the project manager who was incharge until the ships closed.

The Item was given to me by stig who is one of Danish owners when the uboat was closed to the public.

I had six peices there is 2 left I have some of the oil tubes that the ships used to sell this was extracted from the uboat when she was berthed."

Make of it what you will. I just came across it on ebay and thought it might be an interesting discussion piece.