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Einstein a go go in letters auction

Published 12/06/2015 | 21:16

Letters written by Albert Einstein were sold at auction
Letters written by Albert Einstein were sold at auction

A letter Albert Einstein wrote to one of his sons in 1945 explaining the connection between his theory of relativity and the atomic bombs that had just been dropped on Japan has sold at auction for 62,500 US dollars (£40,000).

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The letter was one of 27 by Einstein that were auctioned yesterday by Profiles In History. In all, they fetched more than 420,000 US dollars (£270,000).

Others included two that Einstein wrote in the 1940s, explaining his thoughts on God to a man who had written to ask. They sold for 28,125 (£18,000) and 34,375 US dollars (£22,100), respectively.

Still others covered Einstein's thoughts on McCarthyism, Nazism and personal matters.

Profiles In History founder Joseph Maddalena says the letters were collected over several years by a seller who wishes to remain anonymous. They were purchased by various individuals.

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