The giant eagle atop a swastika was originally salvaged from the Graf Spee (inset) in 2006, pictured centre being salvaged, but has been tied up in a bitter court fight ever since. It could fetch $26 million. Last week, a judge in Uruguay ruled the controversial Nazi symbol must be auctioned off - a sale that could take place as early as next month - with the proceeds split between a team of international businessmen who funded the salvage operation and the Uruguayan government. Alfredo Etchegaray, 63, who led the 2006 expedition to recover the eagle from shallow waters off the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo where the Graf Spee was scuttled in December 1939, told The Mail on Sunday: 'The fight has been going on in court for years. 'Finally, we have a decision that the sale can go ahead. 'We've had interest from buyers around the world including museums, the German government, wealthy private individuals and even someone who wants to put it on display during the World Cup in Doha.'