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1. People on phones taking bids
2. UPSOUND (English) John Hays, Christie's Deputy Chairman of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Letter:
3. Various, STILL of first page of Albert Einstein's "God Letter," dated January 3, 1954
4. UPSOUND (English) John Hays, Christie's Deputy Chairman of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Letter:
"Final call, 2,400,00. Sold. Thank you all very much. Apologies to God, I think."
Christie's auction house in New York City Tuesday sold a letter written by Albert Einstein in 1954 for $2.4 million. The letter gives a glimpse into the theoretical physicist's opinion of God and the Bible
Written the year before Einstein's death, the letter declared that "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends."
It was addressed to Eric Gutkind, a philosopher who had written a book about Jewish spirituality and the pursuit of science.
Einstein wrote in German that while he "gladly" belonged to the Jewish people, he believed that the Jewish religion "like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."
Christie's presale estimate was $1 million to $1.5 million.
After dropping the gavel on the final price, auctioneer John Hays, Deputy Chairman of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Letter, thanked the audience in attendance and quipped "my apologizes to God, I think."
The letter has come up for auction before and sold for $404,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2008.
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