Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Einstein's 'God letter' fetches $2.9M at auction

Письмо Эйнштейна о религии ушло с молотка Albert Einstein 'God Letter' to Be Auctioned
Pablo Mccormick | 06 December, 2018, 15:47

"This remarkably candid, private letter was written a year before Einstein's death and remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views", Christie's said in a statement on its website. It will be auctioned by Christie's in NY, the BBC reported.

Christie's auction house touted the letter to philosopher Eric Gutkind as "Einstein's single most famous letter on God, his Jewish identity, and man's eternal search for meaning".

He also acknowledged that while Einstein's letters and manuscripts appear relatively frequently at auction, documents of such importance do not.

"Collectors worldwide competed very strongly, in the room, over the phone and online, for this finely curated auction which comprised masterpieces and fresh-to-market property across a wide range of subjects", said Sven Becker, head of books and manuscripts at Christie's.

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"The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses", he writes. "No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this", the letter says.

In this file photo, Albert Einstein delivers a recorded lecture some time in 1955 at an unspecified location.

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein on religion, his Jewish identity and his search for meaning in life was sold at auction for almost $3 million - more than seven times the amount from a decade ago. The letter is a definitive statement in the debate about the relationship between religion and science.

"For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition", he wrote.

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"And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people", Einstein continued.

Christie's auction house in NY said on Tuesday that the letter, including the buyer's premium, fetched United States $2.89 million under the hammer. "As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I can not perceive anything "chosen" about them".

It fetched nearly double the auction house's predicted price of up to 1.5 million.

Another important letter - in which Einstein pontificated in 1928 on the theory of relativity -went for $103,000 previous year.

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