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Schindler's List up for auction on eBay for $3 million (PHOTO)

One of four existing copies of the original Schindler's List is up for auction on eBay, with an opening asking price of $3 million.

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A detailed view of a carbon copy of an original Schindler's List is seen following its discovery by The State Library's Dr Olwen Pryke, at The State Library Of New South Wales on April 7, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. An original copy of Schindler's List is now being auctioned off on eBay with a starting bid of $3 million. (Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)

One of four existing copies of the original Schindler's List is up for auction on eBay, with an opening asking price of $3 million.

Sellers Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, both collectors in California who are selling the list on behalf of an owner who bought the item in 2011, said they are hoping the historic list will go for as high as $5 million. The item was posted on the auction site Thursday night and bidding is open for 10 days, although all those interested must first be pre-approved by the sellers to place a bid.

The listing also advises that it is available for "free local pickup" and that the list is currently in Israel.

"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 New York Post.

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"There are billionaires using the site, wealthy celebrities,” Gazin, the president of AuctionCause.com, continued. "We like the platform."

The document, dated April 18, 1945, is the only original list to become available on the open market. Two of the four existing copies are located in Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and another is in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

As of Friday evening, fewer than 24 hours after being put up for auction, there were no bidders.

The list is named for Oskar Schindler, a German businessman credited with saving over 1,000 Jewish refugees from the Nazis during World War II by claiming them as workers in his enamel-works factory in Czechoslovakia. It contains 801 names of male survivors on 14 onion-skin pages.

It is thought that Schindler's confidant, Itzhak Stern, typed up each of the original seven copies of the list.

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