Schindler's list -- the real thing -- up for auction

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   July 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM   |   0 comments

July 19 (UPI) -- One of the four existing original copies of Oskar Schindler's list of Jewish refugees is up for sale, and its owners are auctioning it off on eBay.

The document, made famous by the 1993 Oscar-winning film by Steven Spielberg, is listed at $3 million on the auction site and, as of Friday afternoon, had no bids.

Schindler's list contains the names of 801 Jewish men who Schindler, a German industrialist, is credited with saving in 1945 by claiming them as employees in his enamel works factory.

“It is extremely rare that a document of this historical significance is put on the market,” said California collector Gary Zimet, who with Eric Gazin, is selling the document on behalf of the owner.

The other three surviving copies of the document are in museums -- two in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, and one at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Three other copies were made, but are no longer known to exist.

Itzhak Stern was a confidant of Schindler and is credited with typing the list himself. His nephew, Nathan Stern, sold the list for $2.2 million in 2010.

"Stern gave the list to his nephew, who sold it to a private collector in 2011,” Zimet said. “Now this collector wishes to sell it.”

The winning bidder, who will have to put a $10,000 deposit down within 12 hours of winning, will receive an affidavit from Nathan Stern attesting to the list's provenance.

Schindlers List by New York Post

Follow @gabbilevy and @UPI on Twitter.
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Trending News
Join the conversation
x
Feedback