Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ Goes Up For Sale

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It’s a book that some of the world’s most elite people may want to get their hands on. Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book” has been put up for auction.

The New York Post reported that “bidding on pedo perv Jeffrey Epstein’s 1997 ‘little black book’ of contacts started on Wednesday, with the infamous item expected to fetch $200,000 or more.

The personal address book includes names, addresses and phone numbers of 221 people not included in the better-known later version first published by Gawker in 2015.

Bill Panagopulos, owner of Alexander Historical Auctions who are facilitating the sale, told The Post despite the long shadow cast by its author — who died in jail awaiting trial for abusing young girls in 2019 — there has been great interest.”

Scripps News writes that the book comprises a who’s who of influential figures, including presidents and senators. 

It contains names and potential contact information for high-profile figures like former President Donald Trump, attorney Alan Dershowitz and former U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy inside its 64 pages, according to Alexander Historical Auctions.

The auction organizer says the book dates back to the mid-1990s and includes 221 names that didn’t appear in Epstein’s better-known 2004 “black book,” which the FBI used against him in legal proceedings. Its contents and names were first leaked by Gawker in 2015.

Alexander Historical Auctions says the 389 printed entries — two of which the auction house says appear on the last page in “childlike” writing similar to but not confirmed to be Epstein’s — vary from being only a few lines to 15 or more each.

94 names have a checkmark written next to them, and five are highlighted in yellow. All five, Alexander Historical Auctions says, are names of “well-recognized financial and industrial figures.”

Business Insider first reported that story, saying, “A woman in Manhattan’s East Village told BI she found the book on the sidewalk and later sold it on eBay to a graduate student in Vermont. BI hired a forensic document examiner to authenticate the document as part of a monthslong investigation.

Bidding on the little black book is now live and will remain open until June 15, Alexander Historical Auctions wrote. The auctioneers said they reserve the right to reveal how much someone paid for the book, but won’t disclose the buyer.”

In 2008, Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from an underage girl, receiving a lenient plea deal from prosecutors that resulted in a jail sentence of just over a year. This plea deal was heavily criticized for its leniency given the severity of the accusations. Years later, renewed federal investigations scrutinized Epstein’s activities more closely, leading to his arrest in 2019 on charges of operating a sex trafficking ring involving minors.

Following his arrest, Epstein was held in custody, but he died in prison a few months later. His death was officially ruled a suicide, though it sparked widespread controversy and conspiracy theories. A subsequent Department of Justice report criticized the jail officials, revealing security lapses that might have prevented his death.

Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Epstein, faced trial and was found guilty on charges related to abetting the New York financier’s sex trafficking. She received a 20-year prison sentence.

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