Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ With 221 High-Profile Names Is Being Sold At Auction

Jeffrey Epstein's 'black book', which reportedly lists 221 names, has been up for auction.
Credit: Alamy

Jeffrey Epstein’s second ‘black book’, which reportedly contains 221 previously undisclosed people, is being sold in a blind auction. 

The financier would mix with celebrities, politicians, billionaires and academic stars.

He was arrested in 2005 after being accused of paying a 14-year-old girl for s**.

Other underage girls would then come forward, describing similar abuse they suffered at the hands of the millionaire.

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However, prosecutors would ultimately allow Epstein to plead guilty to a charge involving a single victim in 2008, per The Guardian.

The New York Post reports that Epstein would be listed as level three on the New York s** offenders register in 2008 – meaning he was at high risk of offending again.

Although many famous faces would disassociate with Epstein following his conviction, he continued a life of luxury – usually through philanthropic work.

But there would be a renewed interest in the millionaire following reporting from the Miami Herald.

Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter told the newspaper: “This was not a ‘he said, she said’ situation.

“This was 50-something ‘shes’ and one ‘he’ – and the ‘shes’ all basically told the same story.”

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein died at age 66 in August 2019. Credit: Alamy

Warning: the following contains a discussion of suicide.

Epstein was charged with s** trafficking in 2019. He pleaded not guilty.

He was denied bail ahead of his trial and died by suicide at age 66 in his jail cell in August 2019.

The millionaire’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was found guilty of helping the disgraced financier s**ually abuse young girls.

In 2021, Maxwell was convicted and she is now serving a 20-year prison term.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein (pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell) reportedly had a ‘black book’ which includes 221 high-profile names. Credit: Alamy

A ‘black book’ which reportedly belonged to Epstein is now being sold in a private auction. The Daily Beast reports that this second book will contain the contact names and numbers belonging to Epstein.

Alexander Historical Auctions will reportedly put the address book up for private sale by sealed bids on May 15.

A forensic document examiner’s report on its authenticity will also be provided.

The book was reportedly found by a female musician on Fifth Avenue in the East Village in the 1990s – it’s unclear how it got there.

According to the auction house, the woman put the book in storage and it wasn’t until she cleaned the unit out in 2020 that she realised it belonged to the infamous financer.

Forensic analysis confirmed that the book is legitimate and includes many accurate addresses.

Jeffrey Epstein's 'Black Book'.
An auctioneer says the ‘black book’ could sell for as much as $1 million. Credit: Alexander Historical Auctions

“[The book] contains comprehensive entries for all of Epstein’s estates, consistent with properties he owned in the mid-1990s, with details down to alarm codes and internet modem lines,” the auction house website states.

“His Paris apartment, which he purchased in the early 2000s, isn’t there. Neither is his private island, Little Saint James, which he acquired in 1998.”

Bill Panagopulos, owner of the auction house, tells the Daily Beast: “There are no comparables for the sale of this kind of relic. But, based on my experience, if I’m pressed to offer a price I would think it would be $100,000(£79,368)to $200,000(£158,736), and up.”

However, in an interview with The Times, he suggests it could reach as high as $1 million.

When asked why someone would pay so much, Panagopulos replies: “There is so much confidential information, so much potential for new revelations within the book, that I believe there may be someone out there who will buy it simply to make it ‘disappear’.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.