Albert Einstein's rare manuscript of theories set for auction, estimated to fetch up to $1.4 milliontext_fields
Albert Einstein, the renowned physicist known for his theory of relativity, is making headlines once again as a rare autographed manuscript explaining the development of his groundbreaking theories is set to go under the hammer.
This valuable piece of scientific history, which delves into his theories of special relativity (1905) and general relativity (1915), is scheduled for auction at Christie's '20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale' on September 23.
The auction, to be conducted at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, is expected to draw considerable attention from collectors and enthusiasts alike. The manuscript, initially written in German, made its public debut in a special supplement to the New York Times on February 3, 1929.
Einstein was commissioned to provide an elucidation of his two most famous contributions to the field of science: the theory of special relativity, which he introduced in 1905, and the theory of general relativity, presented in 1915.
This document spans 14 pages and is of immense historical significance.
It not only recounts the history of relativity's discovery but also offers an in-depth explanation of how it functions. It also explores the tantalising possibility of a 'unified field theory' to complete the cycle of relativity. The manuscript features two equations, a diagram illustrating the spacetime continuum, and two pages filled with scientific formulae.
Christie's, the esteemed auction house, is eagerly anticipating the global interest in this unique manuscript.
"We are delighted to bring this important manuscript by the renowned scientist Albert Einstein to our Shanghai saleroom for the very first time. Given Einstein's historical links with Shanghai, alongside the significant interest from Chinese collectors in scientific artefacts, our Shanghai saleroom is a fitting context in which to present this unique manuscript," said Georgina Hilton, head of Classic Art, Christie's Asia Pacific.
"We look forward to exciting global collectors and science enthusiasts with this remarkable piece of history, inextricably connected with Einstein's groundbreaking contributions," she added.
Albert Einstein's association with Shanghai adds an extra layer of significance, and given the growing interest of Chinese collectors in scientific artefacts, the Shanghai saleroom is an ideal venue for this remarkable piece of history. The estimated price for this manuscript ranges from $980,000 to $1,400,000 (approximately Rs 8.13 crore to Rs 11.61 crore), making it one of the most valuable items to hit the auction block.
This auction not only celebrates Einstein's enduring legacy but also provides a rare opportunity for collectors to own a piece of scientific history, offering a deeper understanding of the brilliant mind behind some of the most revolutionary ideas in the field of physics.