Albert Einstein’s God Letter to sell on eBay



2015-06-26 11:13:22

Albert Einstein’s God Letter to sell on eBay

3 Oct 2012, 10:58

A handwritten letter, penned by physicist Albert Einstein, is to sell this October with a starting price of $3 million.

German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, and in doing so instigated the most significant revolution in the history of physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

Known as the ‘God Letter’, this significant piece of correspondence sees Einstein describing his private views on religion, God, and tribalism. Written a year before the death of one of the world’s most brilliant minds, toward the end of a lifetime of learning and thought, this letter presents Einstein’s unequivocal stance on God.

The website, through which the letter will be sold, states: ‘The ideas expressed are the culmination of a lifetime of work exploring the most principle questions of existence’.

The letter is dated January 3rd, 1954. It was written on Princeton University letterhead to the philosopher Erik Gutkind, as a response to his book “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt”.

In his letter, Einstein writes: ‘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. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this’.

The letter was previously sold by Bloomsbury Auctions in 2008 for just $404,000. Just four years later, and the auction agency handling the sale expect it to fetch well in excess of the starting $3 million, possibly as much as double or triple that amount.

The lot is the original, handwritten letter in German, with the envelope addressed to Erik B. Gutkind, original stamp and postmark. The auction will run from October 8th – 18th at with bids being placed through eBay.


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