Schindler's list, one of four original copies, for sale on eBay

Two California collectors are selling the only copy of Oskar Schindler's famous list that isn't owned by a museum. Schindler, a member of the Nazi party during WWII, is credited with saving over 1,000 Jews by listing them as necessary workers in his factory. 

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An eBay sign at eBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif., July 16.

Oskar Schindler kept a list, and now you can have it… for $3 million-plus.

One of four original copies of Schindler's famous list, which the eponymous Steven Spielberg-directed 1993 movie was based on, has been placed up for auction on eBay.

A German industrialist and member of the Nazi partySchindler is credited with rescuing some 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. He managed to save them from death in the concentration camps by saying they were necessary for work in his factory. 

Names on his famous lists are Jews who he wanted excluded from extermination.

Schinder's accountant, Izhak Stern -- played by Ben Kingsley in the movie -- typed up the 14-page list on onion-skin paper, and his nephew sold it to its current owner. The document -- which comes with a signed affidavit from the nephew -- is dated in pencil on the front page, April 18, 1945.

The one up for auction is the only original version that is not locked away in a museum and the only one to have ever hit the open market. Stored in Israel, it's being sold by a collector with a reserve price of $3 million -- but its sellers, California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, are hoping it will go for as high as $5 million, according to the New York Post.

"We decided to sell the list on eBay because it has over 100 million worldwide members, and this is a global story," Gazin told the Post.

Potential purchasers have to qualify just to bid on the item. It is being presented for bid by gazinauctions, which has earned 98.8 percent positive feedback on eBay.

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