One of the last remaining copies of O.J. Simpson's infamous book "If I Did It," is on eBay, with bids starting at $250,000.
Why would anyone pay that much for a crime book when they already know who did it?
The book was originally announced in November 2006, with 400,000 copies being printed before the publisher woke up and realized what they were doing. Following the predictable public backlash, the release was canceled and the books were recalled to be destroyed.
Apparently a small number survived. One reportedly is at original publisher News Corporation, another was auctioned on eBay in 2007 for $65,000, and now a third copy has surfaced.
The latest copy is listed at $250,000 and, in case you're getting any ideas, payment is required in full within 48 hours of the auction ending.
A revised version of "If I Did It" was published in 2007 -- with added commentary -- and proceeds went to one of Simpson's alleged murder victims, Ron Goldman, who won a $33.5 million civil suit against Simpson and is still owed quite a bit of money. Original editions are obviously pretty hard to come by.
The auction ends at the end of next month.
Simpson was acquitted in 1994 of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. He's currently serving a 33-year sentence in a Nevada prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.
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