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Letter from Albert Einstein calling God a 'product of human weaknesses' sells for record €2.55 million

The letter was written in 1954 to philosopher Eric Gutkind.

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A HANDWRITTEN LETTER by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God sold at auction yesterday for €2.55 million.

The letter was a record for an Einstein letter, and far surpassed its estimated value of €880,000-€1.32m, the auctioneer Christie’s said.

The previous record was held by a 1939 letter in which Einstein warned then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt about Germany’s atom bomb preparations, which was auctioned for €1.85m in 2002.

In the letter sold on Tuesday, dated 1954 and written in German to philosopher Eric Gutkind, Einstein said he did not believe in God.

“The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses,” Einstein wrote.

“The Bible, a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends.”

The letter was last sold in 2008 to a private collector for €356,000, Christie’s said.

© AFP 2018 

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