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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 07:27 AM

Rare Einstein manuscript that 'almost miraculously' survived is expected to fetch millions ...

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Rare Einstein manuscript that ‘almost miraculously’ survived is expected to fetch millions at Paris auction

By Claire Parker
Yesterday at 3:17 p.m. EST

Albert Einstein typically threw out drafts of his paradigm-shifting work.

But thanks to the Nobel Prize-winning scientist’s friend and collaborator, a rare, working manuscript “almost miraculously” survived to the present — and it’s expected to fetch millions at an auction in Paris on Tuesday, according to Christie’s, which is holding the sale for the Aguttes auction house.

The 54-page document, handwritten jointly by Einstein and Swiss engineer Michele Besso — his lifelong friend and only acknowledged collaborator — documents preparatory work for Einstein’s general theory of relativity, an idea that changed human understandings of the universe and has been described as the most beautiful theory in physics.

“As one of only two surviving manuscripts documenting the genesis of general relativity, it provides a remarkable insight into Einstein’s work and a fascinating glimpse into the mind of the greatest scientist of the 20th century,” Christie’s said on its website.

With an estimated worth of between $2.4 million and $3.5 million, it is the most valuable Einstein manuscript to be offered at auction. Christie’s described it in a news release as “one of the most important scientific autographs ever to come to auction.”

Most of the document was composed in June 1913, when Einstein was living in Zurich. It consists of calculations etched largely in ink on yellowed leaves of foolscap and squared paper, with 26 pages in Einstein’s handwriting, 25 pages in Besso’s and three containing entries from both scientists.

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CORRECTION

A previous version of this article misstated the year that Einstein and Besso paused their work on the manuscript. They paused in June 1913, not 2013. The article has been corrected.

By Claire Parker
Claire Parker is an assistant editor on The Washington Post's Foreign desk. Twitter https://twitter.com/ClaireParkerDC

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 07:37 AM

1. how ver interesting..

I'll bet it brings more than expected. Wealthy investors have gone more than NUTZ over stuff like this, as indicated by recent auctions....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 07:44 AM

2. And it's being auctioned .... people and their greed

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 10:01 AM

3. Seems like it should go to a museum, not a private investor. -nt

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 10:07 AM

4. And inexpensive reproductions for public consumption

at least made available to public libraries.

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