Albert Einstein’s handwritten letter regarding his religious beliefs has been sold for nearly $2.9 million. The letter was first written by the German-born theoretical physicist in 1954 and was expected to earn $1.5 million at the auction in New York. However, it nearly more than doubled that.
At the age of 74-years-old, he wrote the letter to German philosopher Eric Gutkind in response to one of his works. It is viewed as his opinion towards science and religion.
“This remarkably candid, private letter was written a year before Einstein’s death and remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views,” a statement from Christie’s says.
The letter is written in his German language and details his belief in God.
“The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses. The Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this.”
The German physicist even touches base with his own Jewish upbringing, saying it is “like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition”.
Going on to say: “The Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and in whose mentality I feel profoundly anchored, still for me does not have any different kind of dignity from all other peoples.”
Einstein’s notes have been put up for auction before, just last year a note written to an Italian chemistry student who refused to meet with him sold for $6,100.
In 2017, a note in which he gave advice on happiness sold for $1.56 million. The encouraging note read, “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”