Bible signed by Albert Einstein to be auctioned
Bonhams will be offering a Bible signed by Albert Einstein at auction later this month.
In an inscription written in German, Einstein refers to the Bible as a source of "inexhaustible wisdom and consolation" that should be read often.
The Bible was also signed by his wife Elsa and was given to their American friend, Harriet Hamilton, as a gift.
It will go up for auction on June 25 at the Madison Avenue salesroom. It is expected to fetch between $1,500 and $2,500.
Einstein distanced himself from atheism, preferring instead to define himself as agnostic.
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"Any opinion expressed by Einstein on the Bible is of intense interest," explained Christina Geiger, the Director of the Fine Books & Manuscripts Department at Bonhams New York.
"Although it is well-known that Einstein went through a devout phase as a young child, he never subscribed to organised religion as an adult.
"This Bible offers a fascinating window to his sentiments in the early 1930s."