Albert Einstein relativity letters up 61% on estimate in New York


2015-06-26 13:32:35


Albert Einstein relativity letters up 61% on estimate in New York

A collection of letters by Albert Einstein referencing his theory of relativity sold on November 26

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Wednesday 27November 2013

A collection of five letters written by Albert Einstein to fellow physicist Paul Hertz sold for $161,000 at Swann AuctionGalleries' November 26 Autographs auction in New York.

The letters, penned between 1910 and 1915, reference his work on the theory of relativity - published in 1916.

Einstein Hertz letters relativityThe letters show Einstein's thought process in the run-up to the publication of his theory of relativity

The collection realised a 61% increase on a $100,000 estimate.

The lettersinvite Hertz to discuss his paper on thermodynamicsas well as giving an insight intotheproblems Einstein was having in the development of relativity.

Einstein also criticises Hertz's proposition for a solution to what has become known as the "hole argument".

The auction record for a letter by Einstein remains 170,000 ($275,706), set in London in 2008.

Earlier this year, a bible inscribed by Einstein realised $68,500 at Bonhams New York.

Two handwritten pages from Mozart's score for the Serenade in D Major realised an identical figure of $161,000.

Mozart Serenade D majorMozartwrotethe score in 1773

Written in Vienna in the summer of 1773, when the composer was aged just 17, the work is scored for two oboes/flutes, two horns, two trumpets and a solo violin.

It was most likely produced as a Finalmusik piece, which were traditionally composed for the end of year performances at Salzburg Benedictine University in Austria.

The working draft comprises bars 52-70 and features annotations in brown ink.

We have a piece of a score bylegendary saxophonist John Coltrane, also featuring handwritten notations.

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