MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A pricey piece of history, known as Schindler’s List, did not receive one single bid on the online auction website eBay.
The list by Oskar Schindler, the German businessman credited with saving over a thousand Jews from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II, was being auctioned on eBay at a starting price of $3 million, however, the listing did not receive any bids. The auction is now closed.
One of originally seven lists, only four are believed to exist today. This list was being sold by California brokers Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin on behalf of an unidentified owner.
In 2010, the list was sold for $2.2 million by the nephew of Schindler’s confidant, Itzhak Stern, to its current owner.
It’s thought Stern typed up each of the versions of the list.
The eBay listing was titled “Original Schindler’s List from Family of Itzhak Stern Dated April 18, 1945.”
Schindler, played by Liam Neeson in the 1993 Oscar-winning film, saved over a thousand lives by opening a factory in Czechoslovakia and sending Jewish refugees to work there.
Itzhak Stern, Schindler’s accountant and right hand man, was played by Ben Kingsley in the Academy Award-winning film. Stern, himself a refugee from a Nazi death camp, was among those Schindler included among his lists of those who would be saved.
The list that was for sale included the names of 801 Jewish men and dates back to April 18, 1945. It is 14 onion-skin pages long.
Sharon Horowitz, Executive Director of the Miami Beach memorial said Schindler’s list is evidence of one of the worst crimes against mankind in history.
“The documents are proof of what happened during the holocaust,” Horowitz said. “The best place for them would be in a museum.”
Some said profits from the sale of the Schindler’s list should go to help those who escaped the death camps, not into the pockets of a private investor.
“The survivors that are still alive, they’re getting elderly,” said memorial volunteer, Vicki Einhorn. “They could really use those funds.
Two of the other lists are in the Israeli Holocaust Museum and one is in the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington.