The actual Schindler's list is now for sale
Its sellers are hoping the original copy, 1 of 4 known to exist, will fetch $5 million on eBay.
According to the New York Post, sellers Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin hope the document will fetch $5 million (bidding starts at $3 million). Schindler's Jewish accountant, Itzak Stern, who was played by Ben Kingsley in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film, typed the 14-page list containing 801 male names on onion-skin paper. It's dated in pencil April 18, 1945.
Seven copies of the list were made, and four are known to exist, including examples at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the paper says. Stern's nephew Nathan Stern sold the document to an unidentified private collector in 2011, and that person is now trying to unload it.
Whether the owner will get his or her asking price is tough to say, because it's nearly a one-of-a-kind document. A 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence sold for $8.1 million in 2000. In 2007, an edition of the Magna Carta fetched $21.3 million. George Washington's annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights sold at Christie's for $9.8 million.
So far, the eBay auction hasn't attracted any bidders.
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Should be in the holocaust memorial museum.
Never let the world deny or forget!!!
Instead of trying to make a buck, why not donate it to a museum? More people would see it and be affected by it.
Steven Spielberg where are you? Sounds like something that should be put with Spielberg's interviews of survivors But most certainly does not belong in the hands of someone that is not respectful of its true place in history
"Seven copies of the list were made, and four are known to exist, including examples at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,"
Would you people read the article. There are 7 copies. This one had been sold by a family member of the accountant.
Everyone commenting it should be donated to a museum and not sold:
If you had 5 million dollars in YOUR hand. Would you donate it? or retire?
Honestly it belongs to whoever owns it. To do with as they please. They spent a pretty penny when they bought it in 2011 im sure. So if they want to sell it, or roll it up and smoke it, it is theirs. Hopefully a museum will put up the cash and buy it tho.
"Hey, here's an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, what am I offered for it?"
So very sad that some humans must find a way to make big money off documents of human suffering. We are an ironic and self-contradictory species to be sure, along with our very short memories, and those are surely among the major reasons we are failing.
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