A letter handwritten by Albert Einstein in his native German, in which he grapples with the idea of God and the concept of religion, has sold for $2.9m, surpassing the auction house’s estimate of $1m-$1.5m.
Parts of the letter, which was up for auction in New York, read:
“The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses,” he writes. “The Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends.”
It continues: “No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can [for me] change anything about this.”
“The Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and in whose mentality I feel profoundly anchored, still for me does not have any different kind of dignity from all other peoples,”