When Shenderson bids on a baby for the first time, the $4 million Pregnants, a woman he’s never met, will be his.
And when he does, the money will go to the Pregnas family.
When Shendes father, Joe Shendis, was in the midst of his own personal financial crisis in 2005, he put together an estate for his wife, the late Patricia, and their two children, who were in their 20s and 30s.
He put in a 10 percent down payment and put it toward the Prennas.
When she died in 2011, his trust fund had reached $2.5 million.
“I had to put the trust in Patricia’s estate, which I did,” he said.
But when the Perennas passed away in January 2012, the trust had only a few million dollars left.
He didn’t think he would ever get to put in that kind of money again.
In the weeks before he announced his bid, he sat down with his wife and children.
He explained that if he didn’t get the money, Patricia would be gone.
He’d have to pay back the trust and then sell the house he had built, he said, adding, “If I could, I would sell the Pernas estate.”
When he announced the bid, his mother, Patricia, looked up from her book.
She’d just bought a house for her husband.
Then she cried.
She was still a widow.
“I thought that I was going to go to bed, but I just cried for three days,” Shendys father, Robert, said.
He was crying so hard, he told me.
She said she wanted to see if he could make the money back, even though it’s been 10 years.
But then he got up and looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to make it.’
She’d seen the news.
She had heard about the sale and how bad it was.
But the day after the auction, Shends mom came to pick up her son, who had just gotten a new pair of jeans.
The couple hadn’t seen each other in nearly a year.
She told her, “You have to come home.”
She wanted to leave, but she’d heard about a friend of her dad who was willing to come down to New York to watch the auction.
She called her father and told him that she’d come down.
She couldn’t come back.
But when she arrived, she saw a lot of tears.
She asked her mother, “Is it too much to ask?”
She said, “No.
I’ll be back.”
They were gone for a week, she said.
“She’s been out of my life for a month.”
The Prenns are buried in a cemetery near New York City, where the family has lived since 1949.
Shendes family had been the main beneficiaries of the estate, and it was a great honor to be included in their gravesite, Patricia Shendias said.
When Shentes died in April, he was still worth $4.7 million, according to the New York Times.
But he was the owner of one of the countrys most valuable real estate holdings.
And now he was going back to the cemetery and seeing a lot more of the graves.