Published July 31, 2013
One of the few extant versions of Schindler's list has been removed from the online auction site eBay after failing to attract a single bid.
Experts told MailOnline that the value of the document did not come close to the $3 million asking price because it was made close to the end of the war (the document was dated April 8, 1945, exactly one month before the end of World War II in Europe) and could only be considered an update to the original two lists, which were created in the fall of 1944.
The list, described as "a piece of history that has inspired many," was put up for auction by California collectors Eric Gazin and Gary Zimet on behalf of a private collector who had bought the list in 2011 from Nathan Stern. Nathan Stern is the nephew of Itzhak Stern, who was secretary and confidante to Oskar Schindler and played by Ben Kingsley in the 1993 film "Schindler's List."
The document up for sale consisted of 801 typewritten male names on 14 pages of onion-skin paper. The listing said the document could only be collected in Israel and offered any winning bidder the chance to inspect it.
Schindler, a factory owner and Nazi Party member who died in 1974, is believed to have saved more than 1,000 Jews from deportation to concentration camps by employing them in his factory. He is the only Nazi Party member to be buried in Israel.
There are three other copies of the list known to exist. One is located in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The other two are in museums in Israel.