Schindler’s List is being auctioned off on eBay, and the reserve price is a whopping $3 million.
A posted message to bidders on the eBay auction page states:
“Enter US $3,000,000.00 or more.”
The Schindler’s List auction went live at 9 pm EDT on Thursday. The sellers, California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, have posted the auction for a 10 day bidding period.
While the reserve price is set at $3 million, the two men hope to grab a $5 million prize.
If you happen to live in Israel, the men are offering “Free Local Pickup,” but, for $3 million to $5 million, we would expect free local delivery!
Speaking to the New York Post, Gazin explains:
“We decided to sell the list on eBay because it has over 100 million worldwide members, and this is a global story.”
Gazin, the president of AuctionCause.com, adds:
“There are billionaires using the site, wealthy celebrities.”
Sure, the guys might walk away with $5 million, but we fear they won’t love the fees charged by eBay if the item sells.
We expect plenty of fake bids with the auction.
Here is the auction’s full description:
“In 1964, Oskar Schindler said the following about what he did to help the Jews while standing in front of his modest residence in Frankfurt, West Germany:
“The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways. In 1939, they were forced to wear Jewish stars, and people were herded and shut up into ghettos. Then, in the years ’41 and ’42 there was plenty of public evidence of pure sadism. With people behaving like pigs, I felt the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them. There was no choice.”
Itzhak Stern typed up the 14 page list on onion skin paper. Up for auction is not a copy of that list, but the actual one. It was sold by Itzhak Stern’s nephew to the current owner. It is dated in pencil on the first page, April 18, 1945. The auction will also include a copy of the affidavit from Stern’s nephew, recounting more details and provenance on The List. There’s a complete history of the composition of the list in David Crowe’s brilliant bio, Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List.”
Do you think a Schindler’s List auction on eBay is disrespectful?