Albert Einstein, the wacky-haired scientist to whom we owe general relativity and all it has unlocked, gifted a Bible to a friend of his wife’s in 1932. Einstein inscribed the Bible, telling his friend that the book is ‘an “inexhaustible” source of wisdom and solace and that individuals should read it frequently.’
This bible hit the auction block last week. It was expected to bring in between $1,500-2,500. It sold for $68,500.
For what it’s worth, Einstein’s view of the Bible and belief in God would be pretty catastrophically altered by the War and the Holocaust. At one point, Einstein wrote in a letter:
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish…For me, the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”
That letter sold for $404,000. So, yeah.