The Schindler’s list under the eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) gavel

Posted by Michael Korte July 22, 2013 0 Comment 1325 views

The Schindler’s List document is now up for auction on eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY). The starting price is a whopping $3 Million. As per the eBay page of the document, this auction was launched on Friday and will continue through to 28 July. Currently, the list belongs to “Moments in Time” curator, Gary Zimet. According to the official website, moments in is involved in buying and selling original letters, manuscripts and signed photos. Gazin Auction has been listed as the seller on EBAY.

Open to exclusive bidders

Eric Gazin who runs .Gazin said to ABC News that some pretty deep pockets shop regularly on eBay and that a valuable like the Schindler’s list should be exposed to a unique kind of auction. He stated that this auction will be open only to pre-qualified bidders as he needs to be assured that they have $3M to spend. He said that several enquiries have come in but has not revealed the identities of the interested parties.

The backdrop

Oskar Schindler was a Nazi party member who employed more than 1,000 Jews at his Auschwitz factory and rescued them from deportation. Having your name on Schindler’s list was the difference between survival and sure death. “Schindler’s List”, the book written by Thomas Keneally catapulted this story to prominence. In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s movie of the same name took that popularity even further. EBay has described this list to be dated 18 April 1945 and that it has 801 male names.

One of four

Zimet informed ABC news that there are actually 4 lists of names of various people employed by Schindler. However, the one that is being auctioned on eBay is the only privately-owned one. Zimet said that he had received the list from one of his Israeli contacts, who is Itzak Stern’s descendent. The latter was Schindler’s accountant and it was he who had compiled these lists for him. Looks like eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) is going to witness some heavy duty bidding for the Schindler’s List.

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Michael Korte an investigative reporter at GDP Insider and is a breaking news reporter. Michael work includes investigations of misconduct by federal prosecutors and industrial air pollution around the nation's schools. His reporting has been recognized with the Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism, the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, and the Philip Meyer Journalism Award for reporting that incorporates social science methods.

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