$1.5 million Einstein auction breaks record

2017 has been a landmark year for Einstein auctions. In June, Michael Jackson’s best friend, Uri Geller, purchased a letter written by Einstein in which the Nobel Prize winner praised Israel as being “intellectually active and interesting.” The letter held special resonance for Geller, who has lived in Israel his entire life. A letter written by Einstein about his theory of relativity was auctioned off earlier this year.

Einstein Letter Sold at Auction.
Gal Wiener, owner and manager of the Winner’s auction house in Jerusalem, displays two notes written by Albert Einstein. (Photo: Menahem Kahana / Getty Images)

Six decades after his death, Einstein memorabilia continues to flood the marketplace. In 2015, a batch of Einstein’s letters fetched $420,000 at auction. In 2016, we reported on a letter that Einstein wrote to his son that was auctioned for around $100,000. An autographed copy of the iconic photo of Einstein sticking his tongue out sold for $125,000 at auction. Perhaps the renewed interest in Einstein objects is, in part, due to a National Geographic TV series about the beloved genius. An auction which coincided with the show’s finale netted $210,000.

“The interest in Einstein does not fade into history,” said Hebrew University’s Hanoch Gutfreund, who helps run the Einstein archives. “If anything, the interest in Einstein increases with time. It’s greater now.”

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