From New York Daily News…
While O.J. Simpson’s defunct book has been branded the scourge of publishing, it continued to be a hot collector’s item on eBay yesterday – with people bidding thousands of dollars for a copy.
At least three hardcovers of “If I Did It” – in which the disgraced football legend theoretically expounds on how he would have committed the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman – were sparking bidding wars.
An attorney for the Brown family accused eBay yesterday of dragging its feet on complying with the publisher’s request to have the books removed from the site.
“We really need to stem the tide and get these books out of circulation because anything that’s out there now is really hurtful to family,” said lawyer Natasha Roit.
A spokesman for eBay, Hani Durzy, insisted his company was trying to accommodate publisher HarperCollins’ request to remove the books from the auction block. But he said with more than 100 million items on the site at any given time, it was difficult to quickly flag them.
The three books up for auction yesterday received more than 100 bids. The highest legitimate offer was $15,300.