NEW YORK-A letter by Albert Einstein, aged 64, known as the "letter of God" because he is Belief of formal faith, sold for almost $ 2.9 million in Manhattan on Tuesday.
Christie, the auctioned house, was estimated to have sold the letter for $ 1 million to $ 1.5 million, saying that the message was half for $ 2,892,500 after a four-minute quiz between two clients on & # 39; phone Christie did not name the winner.
He argued on what Christie said it was the most valuable Einstein letter sold, a copy written from his 1939 pound to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Christie sold for $ 2.1 million in 2002. That letter warned of the "power-making bombs" capacity and was a priority for research given to Manhattan Project.
Einstein, who was 74 when he wrote a letter of God, responding to a book with a German philosophy, Eric Gutkind, entitled Choose life: the Biblical Call to RevoltEinstein used the letter for rejecting God's opinion which hers, play an active part in everyday life, and answer individual prayers. He also said that he was nothing but he was deceived by Judaism, even as he said he was proud to be a Jew.
As the Times said to look at the sale of the letter:
- The letter of God, which was written this year before Einstein died, Einstein's vision of formal faith and the idea of God who is active in everyday life, appears in the letter of God. answering prayers individually. "He did not believe in God who went out to choose their favorite teams or sports people," said Walter Isaacson, author of the "Einstein" biography in an interview.
- But at other times, Einstein said himself as "not anonymous," and the letter does not have to destroy his spiritual features.
- "Einstein often uses the word of God -" God does not; playing a dynamic with the Amazon, "" Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, who's a teaching philosophy and wrote "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy does not go ahead," he said in an interview. "Many of the physical practitioners do this. He expresses people to think they are present, they believe in God. It's a way to talk about real facts. Einstein used it to be foul and scary. "
- She said he had been a religion when he was a child but lost his faith and science. "
- Every time to tell him if he was a? Believing in God, he answered cagily: "I believe in God Spinoza," she said, a & # 39; talks about Baruch Spinoza, an ancient thinker from the 17th century drawn from Jewish religion and history. "If you do" I believe in God Spinoza, "that is already saying that you do not believe in most of the people who are believe in the Word of Belief. You believe that nature laws are filled by themselves and sending all their answers. "
- Gutkind argued in his book that "the Jewish soul is so formal and interesting as well as spiritual," according to a review in the Commentary magazine. "Einsteinian's life-long mathematics is a Jew in addition to progress, as he is an antibiotic." The comment also noted that "a tension of health was received for a modern person in the Jewish spirit" (although the investigator added that Gutkind sent "the worst claims on his behalf" ).
- Diana L. Kormos-Buchwald, historian professor of the California Institute of Technology and the director of Einstein Papers Project, said that Einstein was not particularly excited at the special place that Gutkind gives to Einstein's science as we add in – the best example of the Jewish opinion of the eye. "
- "The Jews are the only organization that he would see could be," she said. "But he recognizes with them because he was born, not because they were the people they chose."
- She summarized the letter as "a good way" to tell Gutkind, "I do not think like you and I do not like what you say." She said that the Gutkind book had referred to Einstein's 11-hour "and" Einsteinian physics maintenance as a new global, space and time philosophy ".
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Einstein used the word "God" only once a letter, but it made clear that he and Gutkind saw different beliefs.
"The word God is merely something that appears and affects human weaknesses, a collection of fascinating legends but still something more advanced," Einstein wrote. "There is no interpretation, no matter how simple, I can change (for me) about this."
The letter seems to have remained in the hands of the Gutkind estates to 2008 (he died in 1965), when sold at $ 404,000 in London. The merchant was not then identified. He went up for sale again, on eBay in 2012, for $ 3 million. Christie's spokesperson said Tuesday was not sold until then the merchant in 2008 was the seller this time.