Handwritten Albert Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89m

A 1950 file photo of German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein. (Photo: AFP)
A 1950 file photo of German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein. (Photo: AFP)

New York – A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God was auctioned on Tuesday for $2.89m.

It was a record for an Einstein letter and far surpassed its estimated value of $1-1.5m, Christie's said.

A 1939 letter in which Einstein warned then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt about Germany's atom bomb preparations was auctioned for $2.1m in 2002.

In the letter sold on Tuesday, dated 1954 and written in German to philosopher Eric Gutkind, Einstein said he did not believe in God.

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"The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses," Einstein wrote.

"The Bible, a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends."

The letter was last sold in 2008 to a private collector for $404 000, Christie's said. 

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