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.

By Jonathan Berr Jul 19, 2013 1:32PM
German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who saved Jewish people from Nazi concentration camps (©Peter Hillebrecht/AP)The original document that became so famous as "Schindler's List" is being auctioned on eBay (EBAY). It was used by the German industrialist Oskar Schindler (pictured) to save Jews in occupied Poland during World War II from certain death at the hands of the Nazis.

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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Jul 19, 2013 2:03PM
Jul 19, 2013 3:10PM

Should be in the holocaust memorial museum.


Never let the world deny or forget!!!

Jul 19, 2013 3:12PM
this piece of history should not be sold on ebay. it should be in a reputable auction house such as Christies. Makes me question the authenticity of the document. It should be dealt with properly not stuck on ebay with someone's used sneakers. Restricted auction or not its just wrong.
Jul 19, 2013 3:17PM

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



Jul 19, 2013 3:30PM
What a brave man who risk his own life each day in that awful war.
Jul 19, 2013 3:17PM
 A 1776 copy of the  sold for $8.1 million in 2000. In 2007, an edition of the Magna Carta fetched .  annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights sold at Christie's for $9.8 million.

I think this is more shocking, these things shouldn't be bought and sold like this.
Jul 19, 2013 3:31PM
This is a world historical document and should be treated as such.  Place it in a museum for the world to share.
Jul 19, 2013 3:41PM

"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. 

Jul 19, 2013 3:54PM
seller has 14 negatives and 33 neutral feed backs........i wouldn't bid on his item either!
Jul 19, 2013 4:37PM

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.

Jul 19, 2013 4:01PM
lets see the actual provenance of the document... come on, ebay? not Christie's or some reliable auction house? ...take it to pawn stars? ....
Jul 19, 2013 3:36PM
How exactly did these people come to own it?  It should be in a museum.
Jul 19, 2013 3:48PM
Everything is for sale these days...for the right price
Jul 19, 2013 3:21PM
So often, when something like this is sold for big money, with all  thinking it is a very limited item,  more copies are "surprisingly" found. Any and all authenticated copies of any such documents should only be in museums, not in private hands and sold for personal gain.

"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.
Jul 19, 2013 3:48PM
If you look at the Sellers info on E-Bay, they usually sell pj's and salt and pepper shakers. And they have the list???????.???????????????????? Doubt it is real
Jul 19, 2013 4:30PM
All of you people whining that it should be donated to a museum.... you all know if you found it in your attic your first phone calls would be to an appraiser, and auction house, and an insurance company.  Then you would be planning how to spend the cash.  Get real.
Jul 19, 2013 3:46PM
Wouldn't it be appropriate if Steven Spielberg bought it?
Jul 19, 2013 4:25PM
its owned legally by an individual...they can do what they want with want it in a museum, then buy it an put it there.
Jul 19, 2013 4:19PM
it probably a jew trying to sell it or
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