One of four original copies of Schindler's List is up for auction on eBay.
One of just four existing copies of the original Schindler’s List is being auctioned off on eBay, with a opening asking price of $3 million.
The document, dated from 1945, is the only original list to go on the open market. Two of the four copies are located in Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, and another is in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, who are selling the list on behalf of an owner who purchased the document in 2011 for an undisclosed price, hope to rake in as much as $5 million, they told the New York Post.
“We decided to sell the list on eBay because it has over 100 million worldwide members, and this is a global story,” Gazin told the Post. “There are billionaires using the site, wealthy celebrities. We like the platform.”
As of Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after going on the market, there were no bidders.
The list is named for Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who is credited with saving over 1,000 Jewish refugees from the Nazis during World War II by claiming them as workers in his enamel-works factory. The list contains 801 names of male survivors on a total of 14 pages.
Buyers who want this historic artifact must be serious, according to the listing. "There will be no returns or exchanges, but item is covered by eBay Buyer Protection,” and a $10,000 deposit will be due up front.
“It is extremely rare that a document of this historical significance is put on the market,” Zimet told the Post.
First published July 19 2013, 10:55 AM