Epstein, Maxwell’s little black book scares collectors

This little black book is too hot to handle.

Auction houses, collectors and real crime experts see a limited market for Jeffrey Epstein’s “spooky” phone book, listing the names and numbers of the rich and famous. The outrageous book was used as evidence to help convict Ghislaine Maxwell, the late pedophile, this week of trafficking underage girls for sexual purposes.

“It is inconceivable that Heritage Auctions or any other reputable auction house will ever offer such a despicable relic,” said Robert Wilonsky, spokesperson for Dallas-based Heritage, which also has a location in Midtown.

“I wouldn’t buy it. Far too scary for me, ”famed Las Vegas pawnbroker Rick Harrison of History Channel told The Post.

“But I’m sure Bill Clinton would pay millions for it,” he laughed. The former president was a well-known guest at Epstein’s Florida mansion.

One version of the book, a 92-page collection of typed contacts compiled by Maxwell and Epstein, was released by Gawker in 2015, and includes the names and phone numbers of more than 1,000 celebrities, politicians and business titans, including the Prince Andrew, Alec Baldwin, Tony Blair and Michael Bloomberg. Gawker claimed to have found the directory in court documents.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book contains the phone numbers of over 1,000 celebrities, politicians and business titans.

The people listed in Epstein’s book have not been accused or associated with any of the crimes of Epstein or Maxwell.

At least two copies of the repertoire existed. Staff at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion were asked to make sure there was a copy of the directory at his and Maxwell’s bedside, according to evidence submitted by prosecutors at his trial.

Prosecutors should keep the directory used in the trial in a safe place while awaiting an appeal from Maxwell. His future after the appeal process is uncertain. Judge Alison Nathan ruled earlier this month that only a limited amount of documents from the British socialite’s contact book would be released under seal.

Experts say the Epstein / Maxwell repertoire is seeping into the realm of “murderabilia” – collectibles associated with heinous crimes that kill their value. Decades later, far removed from the actuality of the time, the value of such objects often increases.

Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book
Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book could fetch up to $ 100,000, according to an appraiser.
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APR57 Midtown appraiser Lee David says he might drop $ 100,000 on the little black book, and eventually someone will want to own it.

But the Manhattan reviewer agrees with Harrison: The book’s greatest value will be to one of the powerful people it contains, someone who hasn’t yet been touted as a potential Epstein client. Maxwell and who is willing to shell out a lot of money to avoid embarrassment.

David said there are many factors that will influence the price people are willing to pay for the book, including proof that the famous people in the book were sexual clients and not just casual contacts.

The collection of contacts represents “another kind of depravity,” said real criminal journalist Dylan Howard, who is the author of “Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Epstein & Maxwell, Inc.”

“As horrible as it sounds, I could easily see the little black book being of some value to a wheelchair detective with a macabre hobby.”

Some of the names in the book are those of the teenage girls Epstein and Maxwell acquired to serve the world’s elite, prosecutors said. Most black book lists are just female first names: Abby, Cammy, and Caprice, to name just three.

Prosecutors cited the book listing the girls’ names as key evidence against Maxwell.

“This book, Maxwell’s book, proves to you that Maxwell is guilty,” Deputy US lawyer Alison Moe said in oral argument.

The directory also lists helicopter service, luxury hotels, and global food outlets, including Manhattan’s Cipriani, Delmonico, and Tribeca Grill. The book is an apparent boon to collectors, a salacious sign of hedonistic times. But the market is not yet ready.

“I’m not sure many people would be comfortable giving it away,” said Joshua Mann of B&B Rare Books in Manhattan.

The limited potential black book market seems to contradict an insatiable demand for celebrity collectibles, in which even Elvis Presley’s soiled underwear can fetch $ 8,000.

Maxwell was convicted Wednesday on five of the six counts, including child sex trafficking, carrying a maximum sentence of 40 years.

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