'Original' Schindler’s List Goes Unsold on eBay After Being Put on Auction for $3m

Sellers say won’t re-list the document for auction at a lower price.

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A list of Jews to be rescued during the Holocaust by German industrialist Oskar Schindler did not find a buyer on an eBay auction, after it was listed with a reserve price of $3 million.

The 14-page list, which was immortalized in the 1993 film "Schindler's List," identifies 801 Jewish prisoners by name, birth date and profession.

No one met the opening bid of $3 million for one of the four remaining copies the list, typed on onion skin paper. California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin had said when the auction was announced earlier this month that they expected the list to sell for about $5 million.

But Michal Niezabitowski, director of the Historical Museum of Krakow, questioned the price tag. "The document has great historic significance, but it's not worth $3 million," he said, putting into question the accuracy of advertising it as the “Original Schindler’s List.” "The problem is that the original list no longer exists. Someone is trying to sell the legend here," he added.

Though the list had no bids, more than half a million people viewed the auction on eBay. The sellers have said they will not re-list the document for auction at a lower price.

Gazin told the French news agency AFP that the sellers are in “active discussions” with several parties interested in acquiring the list.

Schindler was a German businessman credited with saving more than 1,000 Jews from the Nazis by deeming them essential workers for his enamel works factories.

His story reached worldwide attention after the release of the 1993 feature film “Schindler’s List.” Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was based on the Booker Prize-winning novel “Schindler’s Ark,” which Australian novelist Thomas Keneally published in 1982.

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

Oskar Schindler during a visit to Israel.Credit: Aviv Nissenbaum / Wikimedia Commons
Copy of Schindler's list.

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