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Albert Einstein

"If everybody lived a life like mine, there would be no need for novels."  -  Albert Einstein


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The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind

[ALBERT EINSTEIN], Ephemera. Set of Anker-Steinbaukasten children’s building blocks by F. Ad. Richter & Cie., Rudolstadt, [Germany], c.1880s. Approximately 160 composite quartz sand, chalk, and linseed oil blocks in red, limestone and slate gray, in various sizes and shapes, together with three or more sets of building plans, all contained in two wooden boxes with printed Anker-Steinbaukasten labels.

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A unique and important artifact of his childhood.

Item #24284, $180,000

Albert Einstein on the search for greater meaning: “Using such apothecary’s methods one cannot reveal any of God’s secrets, I think.” A Swiss chemist’s work leaves Einstein cold, but Schrödinger “has the scent of a deeper truth.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Autograph Correspondence Card Signed, to Michele Besso, May 1, 1926, Berlin. In German. 1 p., 4¼ x 5⅞ in.

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Item #25045, $90,000

One of Einstein’s Best Metaphysical Letters - Counseling His Son on the Meaning of Life and Youth and the Relative Value of Intellectual Creations

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Autograph Letter Signed (“Papa”), in German, to his son Eduard (“Tete” for “petit”). [December 27, 1932]. 2 pp, 8½ x 11 in.

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All my life I have troubled myself with problems and am always – as on the first day – inspired by the fact that cognition in the scientific and artistic sense is the best thing we possess…If one hears the angels singing a couple of times during one’s life, one can give the world something and one is a particularly fortunate and blessed individual.

Item #23789, $48,000

Albert Einstein thanks German Jewish Physician for a book on Anti-Semitism, “our eternal unsolvable problem”

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Autograph Letter Signed, to Isidore W. Held, Princeton, April 19, 1944. In German. 1 p., 8½ x 11 in.

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our eternal unsolvable problem...is a sickness of the others, and not our own, meaning that the most important thing is not to catch it and to keep our balance—as long as they don’t beat us to death.

Item #25317, $16,000

Albert Einstein Speaks of Chaim Weizmann while Advising Dr. Leo Kohn, who Lost his Job after Siding with Einstein in a Failed Attempt to get the Hebrew University’s President Fired

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Typed Letter Signed, to Dr. Leo Kohn, June 1, 1931. In German. 1 p., 8½ x 11 in. Einstein recommends seeking a professorship in the United States, and incorrectly claims that Weizmann wants out of politics.

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I am telling you in confidence that Weizmann, who wants to distance himself from politics, hopes to become the academic leader of the university.

Item #25320, $8,500

Einstein is mesmerized by a birthday gift of a kaleidoscope

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Autograph Note Signed, to Mrs. Damann, March 12, 1950. In German. 1 p., 8⅜ x 4½ in.

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I was quite touched by the two well thought out gifts that you sent for my birthday via Bucky’s. I am especially fond of the kaleidoscope, to the point where [I] can’t help but look again and again at the changing star patterns.

Einstein, who generally disliked being the center of attention, was relatively uncomfortable celebrating his birthday. In 1944, in a New York Times interview, he asked, “What is there to celebrate? Birthdays are automatic things. Anyway, birthdays are for children.” He described his 75th birthday as “a natural disaster, a shower of paper full of flattery under which one almost drowned.” Despite that, Mrs. Damann clearly had a knack for giving perfect meaningful gifts.

Item #25316.02, $8,000

Shortly Before his Self-imposed Exile from Germany, Albert Einstein Supports an International Language to Promote Peace and Understanding

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Typed Document Signed, Berlin, Germany, December 18, 1929. 1 p., 8¼ x 11¼ in. In German, with Einstein’s autograph accomplishments.

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“I am willing to join the federation for the introduction of an international auxiliary language to promote understanding, peace, and cooperation among nations.”

Einstein was a lifelong champion of efforts to eliminate of the nationalist divisions that leaders erected between peoples, often to deadly effect. Esperanto, the “international auxiliary language,” was an easy to learn, politically neutral language invented by L.L. Zamenhof, a Polish ophthalmologist, in the 1870s-1880s. His goals, to transcend nationalism and create harmony and peace in the world community, were certainly shared by Einstein — and pilloried as a Jewish conspiracy by Adolf Hitler. Considering the date of the pledge, Einstein was taking an early stand against the Fascist future into which Europe was about to descend.

Item #24023, $6,000