Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.9m in NY

Blanche Robertson
December 6, 2018

The letter was expected to fetch upto United States dollars 1.5 million, Christie's said in a statement.

A handwritten letter from Albert Einstein about his thoughts on God, religion and his search for meaning sold for nearly $3 million at an auction in NY on Tuesday, Christie's said.

"This letter was about something very important to Einstein, I suspect", he told The Guardian at the time.

The "God letter" passed into the hands of Gutkind's heirs, who kept the letter until it was sold at auction in 2008 for $404,000.

Einstein says: "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish".

Einstein, who was a German-born Jew, also acknowledges his love and shared identity with the Jewish people, but calls Judaism, "like all other religions.an incarnation of primitive superstition".

Einstein goes on to write: "No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this".

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Albert Einstein, during a lecture in Vienna in 1921. "And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and in whose mentality I feel profoundly anchored, still for me does not have any different kind of dignity from all other peoples", he wrote.

It is seen as a key statement in the debate between science and religion. "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".

The letter instead reached a grand total of $2,892,500 on Tuesday following a four-minute bidding battle between two clients on the phones, setting a world auction record for an Einstein letter. "Otherwise I can not perceive anything "chosen" about them".

Arguably, though, the biggest shocker is the 1922 letter that netted $1.56 million at a 2017 auction in Jerusalem.

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.

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

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