BOSTON – A collection of Oskar Schindler’s personal possessions sold for $46,303 according to Boston-based RR Auction.
Schindler was a German industrialist credited with saving nearly 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories.
Schindler’s story was recounted in the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark by Australian author Thomas Keneally and became the basis of Steven Spielberg’s highly successful film Schindler’s List in 1993 that won seven Academy Awards.
Among the Schindler items included in the sale; his Longines wristwatch, a compass, a 1938 Sudetenland Medal, two fountain pens, and a business card.
The Longines wristwatch belonging to Oskar Schindler, features a white face with gold-tone hands and time markers, silver-tone case, and black leather strap.
The watches manufacturer confirmed that the serial number would indicate that it was invoiced on 17 December 1956 to the company Perusset, which was at that time their agent for Argentina, where Schindler lived from 1949 to 1957.
The Compass manufactured by Bezard/Gotthilf Lufft, and is said to have been used by Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie whilst fleeing Russian troops and heading for American occupied territory in 1945. The compass featured a built-in folding metal cover. Provenance: From the estate of Emilie Schindler.
“It’s an amazing archive of Schindler’s personal belongings,” said Bobby Livingston, executive VP at RR Auction.“Schindler struggled in everything he ever did before and after the war, so we are thrilled with the international media attention and honored to have had the opportunity to share his story.”
“We felt very strongly that keeping the archive together as a single lot was the best way to present this historic grouping to the public and are extremely pleased with the results of the sale,” added Livingston.
Also featured in the auction was a Raoul Wallenberg Blue and gold Schutz-Pass issued to Emil Tanzer that sold for $7,502.
The scarce one-page signed document in German and Hungarian, is dated September 15, 1944. Wallenberg arrived in Hungary in July 1944 as the country’s Jewish population was under siege. Nearly every other major Jewish community in Europe had already been obliterated, and the Nazis were dispatching more than 10,000 Hungarian Jews to the gas chambers daily. With time of the essence, he devised and distributed thousands of these ‘Schutz-Passes’—official-looking, but essentially invalid, Swedish passports granting the Hungarian bearer immunity from deportation. Nazi officials readily accepted the paperwork.
Additional highlights from the sale include, but are not limited to:
Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai signatures, along with over 30 other international figures sold for $192,658.
Sun Yat-sen letter from the Chinese revolutionary and first president of the Republic of China sold for $67,758.
The Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction from RR Auction began February 22 and concluded March 6. For more information, visit the RR Auction website at www.rrauction.com.
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