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Einstein's letter to Roosevelt with a warning about the atomic bomb will be released from the hammer

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

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Albert Einstein's theory of relativity can be too complicated to understand. But the expected price of a letter written by a scientist makes a lot of sense.

A letter Einstein sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 will appear at Christie's auction in in September, where it is expected to sell for $6 million. In the letter, the scientistwarns Roosevelt about the possibility of Germany creating an atomic bomb. In response, the president created a committee that became the forerunner of the Manhattan Project, notes The Wall Street Journal.

“Roosevelt would not have understood the science immediately, but he would have trusted the sender,” – William Harris, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, told the WSJ.

The Harris Institute actually has the original letter that Einstein sent to Roosevelt. The one that will be put up for sale at Christie's auction, – this is the second, shorter message that Einstein's friend and colleague, Leo Szilard, kept with him until his death. Szilard helped Einstein write a letter to Roosevelt while they were staying at a cottage on the north shore of Long Island, writes The Wall Street Journal.

After Szilard's death in 1964, his heirs sold the letter, and it eventually ended up in Malcolm's hands. S. Forbes. The publisher and collector put the letter up for auction in 2002, where itwas purchased by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for $2.1 million.

“He certainly knew that this is one of the most important documents in the history of the 20th century, and it's not something you just hang around the office,” – Mark Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas, told the WSJ in an interview. Porter believes Allen kept the letter in a safe place out of sunlight.

Christie's is auctioning Einstein's letter as part of a major sale of Allen's belongings, which is divided into three separate auctions. Among other interesting lots – a 1971 computer ($30,000 to $50,000) and a Gemini space suit belonging to astronaut Ed White ($80,000 to $120,000). And while Einstein's message may break the record for a letter written by a scientist, which was set in 2018 when one of his notes sold for $2.8 million, it is unlikely to reach the $13 million it set in 2021 theory of relativity.

Even now, very few people can say that they own such an important piece of scientific history.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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