Sunday, November 28

Auctions. A manuscript by physicist Albert Einstein sold at a record price

A manuscript by the famous physicist Albert Einstein, in which he prepared his theory of general relativity, was auctioned for a record sum of 11.6 million euros (with fees) on Tuesday in Paris.

Previous records for an Einstein manuscript were $ 2.8 million (2.4 million euros) in 2018 for a letter on God, and $ 1.56 million (1.39 million euros) in 2017 in Jerusalem for a letter on the secret of happiness.

The document sold on Tuesday was estimated between 2 and 3 million euros. Unlike those which had been the subject of the two previous records, it is a scientific working document, which makes it rare.

“Einstein fascinates, like Napoleon and Proust, whose auctioned pieces arouse enthusiasm”, explained Me Sophie Perrine (Aguttes), which awards the judicial sale, as part of the case Aristophil.

It is an autograph manuscript of 54 pages written in 1913 and 1914, in Zurich (Switzerland), by the German-born physicist and his collaborator and confidant, Michele Besso.

“Einstein’s scientific autograph documents from this period, and more generally from before 1919, are extremely rare,” Christie’s pointed out before the auction, where the auction for the Aguttes company took place.

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