Rare Einstein manuscript set to fetch millions

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PARIS: A rare manuscript by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein goes under the hammer in Paris on Tuesday, with auctioneers aiming for a stratospheric price tag.

The manuscript, containing preparatory work for Einstein’s key achievement the theory of relativity, is estimated at between two and three million euros (£1.67 million to £2.5 million), according to Christie’s which is hosting the sale on behalf of the Aguttes auction house.

“This is without a doubt the most valuable Einstein manuscript ever to come to auction,” Christie’s said in a statement.

The 54-page document was handwritten in 1913 and 1914 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Einstein and his colleague and confidant, Swiss engineer Michele Besso.

Christie’s said it was thanks to Besso that the manuscript was preserved for posterity.

A page of the Einstein-Besso manuscript, a 54-page working manuscript written jointly by Albert Einstein and Michele Besso between June 1913 and early 1914, which documents a crucial stage in the development of the general theory of relativity, is displayed at Christie's auction house in Paris, France
A page of the manuscript was written jointly by Albert Einstein and Michele Besso between June 1913 and early 1914. (Photo: Reuters/Daily Mail)

This was “almost like a miracle” since the German-born genius himself would have been unlikely to hold on to what he considered to be a simple working document, Christie’s said.

Today, the paper offers “a fascinating plunge into the mind of the 20th century’s greatest scientist”, it said.

Einstein, who died in 1955 aged 76 and is considered to be one of the greatest physicists ever, revolutionized his field with the theory of relativity and made major contributions to quantum mechanics theory.

He won the Nobel physics prize in 1921 and was later adopted by pop culture as a genius scientist icon, helped by his trademark unruly hair, mustache and bushy eyebrows.

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