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Schindler’s List for sale

by Danielle Berrin

July 19, 2013 | 1:18 pm

One of the original Schindler's Lists is being put up for public auction on eBay, reports the New York Post, for the bargain price of $3 million.

"But," the Post adds, "its sellers, California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, are hoping it will go for as high as $5 million."

More from the Post:

Of the seven original versions of the list, only four are known to still exist — including two in Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Museum, and one in the US Holocaust Museum in Washington.

The one being offered for sale on eBay tonight is 14 onion-skin pages long.

The date April 18, 1945, is written in pencil on the first page. It lists 801 male names.

According to the Post, this version has been for sale before (it was only worth $2.2 million back in 2010 when list typer Itzhak Stern's nephew put it up for sale). But apparently, Holocaust memorabilia is as booming as the art market, and as the document increases in value, its owners are quick to cash in: “Stern gave the list to his nephew, who sold it to a private collector in 2011,” its current seller told the Post. “Now this collector wishes to sell it.”

Apparently, even the most meaningful things will trade for a price. Let's hope a museum like the Simon Wiesenthal Center snaps it up. Hear that, Rabbi Hier?

   

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