Einstein letter fetches US$100,000 at Jerusalem auction

11:50 | 07/03/2018
A letter penned by legendary physicist Albert Einstein discussing one of his groundbreaking theories sold in Jerusalem on Tuesday (Mar 6) for over US$100,000 as part of trove of documents that went under the hammer.
einstein letter fetches us 100000 at jerusalem auction
A picture shows an auctioneer holding up a letter by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein dated 1928 concerning the formalisation of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity" that sold for US$103,700. (AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA)

The handwritten missive, sent in 1928 by Einstein from Berlin to a mathematician about the formalisation of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity", was snapped up by an anonymous buyer for US$103,700 (€83,600).

The letter was written during one of the "most exciting, feverish periods of Einstein's scientific career" as he worked to hammer out one of the major scientific breakthroughs of the last century, auction house Winner's said.

It included a second note jotted by Einstein on the back of the envelope refining his thinking.

The sum - while large - pales in comparison to the US$1.56 million that one purchaser paid for a letter from Einstein on the secret of happiness at a Jerusalem auction in October after it was initially valued at some US$8,000.

Among Tuesday's other lots were letters and photographs relating to the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics that also sold for several thousand dollars.

Winner's boss Gal Wiener told AFP that the trove "reveals the complex character of the great scientist".

German-born Einstein served as a non-resident governor of Jerusalem's Hebrew University up to his death.

AFP

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