Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.9m in NY

Albert Einstein 'God Letter' to Be Auctioned

In the letter, written in his native German, Einstein takes issue with the belief in God.

The letter was expected to fetch upto Dollars 1.5 million, Christie's said in a statement.

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

The auction is scheduled to begin at 2 pm in NY. The buyer's identity has not been revealed.

It continues: "No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can [for me] change anything about this".

Albert Einstein, during a lecture in Vienna in 1921. 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, the auction said in a statement.

Christie's books and manuscripts specialist Peter Klarnet said the letter is notable for its bluntness.

"For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions".

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The missive became known as the "God letter" and it sold at auction in NY on Tuesday for a hammer price of $2.4 million (£1.9 million, AU$3.3 million), though the full price with buyer's premium and fees came out closer to $2.9 million.

"And 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".

"As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power".

"I can not see anything "chosen" about them".

The so-called "God Letter", written in 1954, will be auctioned by Christie's in NY.

Last October, a note that Einstein had given a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in Jerusalem for $1.56 million, Winner's auction house said.

"Here he is actually quite blunt in what he says", Klarnet said.

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