Einstein’s ‘God letter’ fetches $2.9 million at an Auction

Einstein’s iconic ‘God letter’ written a year before his death rejecting god and religion, and questioning whether Jews were the “chosen people” was put up on auction for the second time.
Albert Einstein wrote a handwritten letter to German philosopher Eric Gut kind in 1954 where he explicitly rejected god and religion, which sold for a stunning $2.9 million at the Christie’s Rockefeller canter auction, smashing all predictions.
The auction held at New York City on Tuesday was the second time that Einstein’s ‘God letter’ went on sale. It caused a sensation when it first went public at an auction sale in 2008.
Christie’s auction house had predicted that this time, the letter will fetch a maximum of 1.5 million dollars, but the actual sale prize which was almost double at 2.5 million broke all predictions.
The letter is written in Einstein’s native German and seems to outline Einstein’s view of formal religion and the idea of a God who plays an active part in everyday life, answering individual prayers.
The ‘God letter’ shows Albert Einstein’s logical bent of mind which doesn’t believe in some magical concept of ‘God’ but this doesn’t mean that the Nobel-winning physicist and the biggest scientific icon of his time weren’t spiritual.

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