Albert Einstein, the German physicist who conceived the theory of relativity and won a Nobel Prize in physics, sent a Bible that contained a personalized message to an American friend back in 1932, and now 81 years later, the book has sold at a New York City auction for $68,500.
The Bible, sent to Harriett Hamilton, was signed by both Albert Einstein and his wife. According to the auction house, Einstein’s message to Hamilton, which was written in the book, stated that the Bible “”is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently.”
The final bid of $68,500 was much higher than the pre-sale estimate which put its value between $1,500 and $2,500. Whoever bought it must have seen far greater value in the rare piece of memorabilia. So far the auction house has remained quiet on the name of the Bible’s final bidder.
Sources: AP via The Wall Street Journal