Experts expected auction to 2 or 3 million euros. Finally, Albert’s rare manuscript Einstein presented yesterday by Christie’s took off the astronomical sum of 11.7 million euros! By far, the highest sum for a writing by the most famous of physicists. In 2018, the famous “Letter from God” in which the physic’s Nobel price 1921 explained his relationship to religion had sold for nearly 2.5 million euros. In 2017, a letter on the secret of happiness written in a hotel in Tokyo (Japan) rose to 1.4 million euros.

Let us recall that this 54-page manuscript addresses, through interminable lines of calculations in black ink on a yellowed and somewhat crumpled paper, the question of the theory of general relativity. An extremely rare working document which contains a number of errors, which initially went unnoticed; then who drove Albert Einstein to abandon these few sheets of paper altogether. Fortunately recovered by his colleague at the time and co-author of the manuscript, the Swiss physicist Michele Besso.

The buyer’s name has not been made public.

Einstein: rare manuscript auctioned in Paris today

Article by Nathalie Mayer published on 11/23/2021

It is in Paris, this Tuesday, November 23, 2021, that a rare manuscript by Albert Einstein will be auctioned. 54 pages of papers of disparate origins including 26 written by the hand of the famous physicist between 1913 and 1914. Preparatory work for his theory of general relativity. A working document which today reveals some secrets of the mind of the great theorist. His pages are almost exclusively calculated while the others include notes in the margins.

The manuscript has been carefully preserved by a colleague and confidant ofAlbert Einstein, Swiss physicist Michele Besso – the other author of the document. He would be the only one – besides the one held by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – to present sketches of the theory of general relativity.

According to Christie’s, this is the manuscript ” the most precious “ never auctioned from famous physicist. Its value is estimated between 2 and 3 million euros. And if we remember last May, a letter using the famous formula E = mc2 sold for $ 1.2 million while experts expected 400,000 ” only “

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