Einstein Letter Doubting God Auctioned For $2.89M

Albert Einstein 'God Letter' to Be Auctioned

Experts at Christie's auction house in NY had previously estimated the so-called "God letter" could sell for up to $1.5 million.

"It is one of the definitive statements in the religion vs science debate", says Peter Klarnet, senior specialist in books and manuscripts at the auction house.

The letter was written in response to a book by Gutkind, called Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt.

This undated photo provided by Christie's shows the first page of Albert Einstein's "God Letter", dated January 3, 1954.in which he offers his candid and unvarnished opinion that: "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".

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The letter remained among Gutkind's papers until it came up for auction in London in 2008-43 years after the philosopher died.

Albert Einstein's so-called "god letter" is set to be auctioned today, with experts estimating it will sell for up to $1.5 million.

'For me the unadulterated Jewish religion is, like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition, ' he wrote.

Einstein, a German Jew who was 74 years old when the letter was written, also describes his frustration with Judaism.

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According to Einstein: A Life, a biography published in 1996, he was devoutly religious as a child.

"No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can [for me] change anything about this", Einstein had further asserted. The legacy of Einstein, including epistolary, is enjoyed by collectors of very high demand.

The letter was written in "the most exciting, exhilarating period Einstein's scientific career", noted on the auction site.

Specifically, Einstein did not believe that if there was a God, he answered individual prayers and intervened directly in human affairs.

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Christie's auctioneer John Hays jokingly apologised to God after banging his hammer at $US2.4 million (the price before other fees are added). "And the Jewish people to whom I proudly belong, and to whose mentality I feel deeply rooted, do not have a form of dignity different from that of other peoples. Otherwise I don't perceive anything elected in them".

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