Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed: The Personal is Political
If you are looking to auction, buy, consign or sell an Albert Einstein autograph or letter signed as we just sold one for $125,000, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.
Albert Einstein Autograph
In July 2017, Nate D. Sanders Auctions sold this Albert Einstein autograph on a photo for $125,000:
In March 2017, Nate D. Sanders Auctions sold this Albert Einstein autograph on a letter for $53,504:
Remarkable Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed, Along With His Initialed Drawings — Explaining the Science Behind His Groundbreaking Work on Electrostatic Theory and Special Relativity
Albert Einstein autograph letter signed with his hand drawings, elegantly explaining his electrostatic theory of special relativity to a physics teacher struggling to reconcile it with experiments he was conducting. In addition to the letter, which is new to the market, Einstein generously replies to a series of questions the teacher asks him on a questionnaire, providing additional drawings and calculations, initialed ”A.E.” at the conclusion.
Dated 4 September 1953 on Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study letterhead, Einstein writes to Arthur L. Converse, the teacher from Malcolm, Iowa, in part, ”There is no difficulty to explain your present experiment on the basis of the usual electrostatic theory. One has only to assume that there is a difference of potential between the body of the earth and higher layers of the atmosphere, the earth being negative relatively to those higher layers…[Einstein then draws Earth and the atmosphere, referring to it for clarification] The electric potential p rises linearly with the distance h from the surface of the earth…For all your experiments the following question is relevant: How big is the electric charge produced on a conductor which is situated in a certain height h, this body being connected with the earth…”
Einstein then answers Converse’s questions on a two-page questionnaire. In one answer, Einstein seems to disagree with the question, providing both a diagram and mathematical equation and then a ”?” to try to aid understanding. He later writes ”not clear” to one answer along with a question mark and additional diagram with the notation ”charge of elektroscope increased proportional to h”. An extraordinary lot by Einstein showing the generosity of his time, with rare content on his theory of special relativity. Single page letter and two-page questionnaire each measures 8.5” x 11”.
Also included is Einstein’s original mailing envelope from ”Room 115” of the Institute for Advanced Study, postmarked 7 September 1953 from Princeton. Folds and very light toning to letter, otherwise near fine. Questionnaire has folds, light toning and staple mark, otherwise near fine with bold handwriting by Einstein. Dark Albert Einstein autograph. With an LOA from the nephew of Arthur Converse and new to the market.
Sold for $53,504.
In August 2017, Nate D. Sanders Auctions sold this Albert Einstein autograph letter signed regarding Hitler for $31,250.
1938 Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Hitler: ”…Hoping that Hitler might let off steam…[Chamberlain] saved Hitler in the nick of time by crowning himself with the wreath of love of peace…”
Exceptional and lengthy Albert Einstein autograph letter signed in October 1938, ten days after English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement, effectively ceding Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler. Albert Einstein autograph letter signed shows that his sharp mind extends beyond physics to also include the nuances and repercussions of international diplomacy; while most people praised Chamberlain (including President Roosevelt and the Royal family) for avoiding war by appeasing Hitler, Einstein accurately predicted that it would embolden Hitler and do further damage to European alliances.
Albert Einstein autograph letter signed datelined Princeton, 10 October 1938, where he writes to his close friend Michele Besso in German, beginning with his attempts to help European Jews by issuing affidavits: ”Dear Michele! / I am not able to give any more affidavits, and I would endanger the ones that are still pending if I issued additional new ones. The few persons I know who have some assets are already encumbered to their limit. The pressure on us from these poor people over there is such that, in view of the amount of misery and the scant opportunity of being able to help, one feels absolute despair. It is bloody difficult here for business people to establish themselves. It is significantly better for trades-people – this would apply in the case of your protege’s wife. However, it will be very difficult, if these people do not have any relatives over here. You see, affidavits from relatives receive priority consideration, and increasingly this means exclusion of all others. / You have confidence in the British and even Chamberlain? O sancta simpl…! [‘Oh holy innocence’, i.e., naivete in Latin] Hoping that Hitler might let off steam by attacking Russia, he sacrifices Eastern Europe. But we will come to see once more that shrewdness does not win in the long term. In France, he pushed the Left into a corner and, in France as well, helped give power to those people whose motto is, ‘Better Hitler than the Reds.’ The extermination policy against Spain already showed this clearly. Now he saved Hitler in the nick of time by crowning himself with the wreath of love of peace and inducing France to betray the Czechs. He did all this in such a clever way that he deceived most people, even you (unfortunately). His only fear, which spurred him on to his humiliating flights, was the worry that Hitler might lose ground. / I do not have any hope left for the future of Europe. America valiantly joined in with the effort to strangle Spain. For here too, to all intents and purposes, money and the fear of Bolshevists prevail – or, just in general, the fear of the owning class for their privileges. I wouldn’t want to be alive if I didn’t have my work. At any rate, it is good to be old now and, as a person at least, not to have to count on a distant future. / I am sending you our most recent work; I have great hopes for its further elaboration. I am still thoroughly convinced that, looked at from a deeper perspective, explaining the laws of nature in terms of probability constitutes a wrong direction, in spite of all practical successes of the statistical method. / From this work, you will not yet be able to clearly see the physical implications. Nevertheless, I am sure that you will like its purely logical aspect, irrespective, at this point, of whether anything can be done with it from the actual physical point of view. / I am glad for you that you are going to retire. You have pulled this tedious cart, which never arrives anywhere, long enough, and now, during your last years, you will be able to devote yourself purely to thought. Plato, as you know, desired this for all members of his privileged class who had reached the age of 50. / Mileva [Einstein’s ex-wife] has great difficulties making her mortgage payments. I suppose I will have to assume ownership of the house, in which she lives, in my own name, even though this constitutes a considerable risk. / Affectionate greetings to you and Anna from your / Albert Einstein autograph”.
Two page letter with blind-stamped address measures 8.5” x 11”. With original transmittal envelope postmarked Princeton, 11 October 1938. Remarkable Albert Einstein autograph letter signed. Near fine condition. Accompanied by a full translation. Sold for $31,250.
In February 2018, this Albert Einstein autograph letter signed sold for $21,440:
Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed From 1939 — Defending His Jewish Heritage — ”…The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years…”
Fantastic Albert Einstein autograph on a typed letter signed ”A. Einstein” upon his personal stationery, dated 10 June 1939 from Princeton, New Jersey. While WWII raged in Europe, Einstein writes to a Dr. Epstein, thanking him for the work done on behalf of Jewish refugees.
Reads in full: ”My dear doctor Epstein: May I offer my sincere congratulations to you on the splendid work you have undertaken on behalf of the refugees during Dedication Week. The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years has been based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness. In these years of affliction our readiness to help one another is being put to an especially severe test. May we stand this test as well as did our fathers before us. We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we are suffering is a momentous and sacred cause. It must be a source of deep gratification to you to be making so important a contribution toward rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future.”
Letter on 1pp. measures 8.5” x 11” with expected folds and three small .5” closed tears to left margin, overall very good. Also includes a 1937 typed letter signed from Fiorello LaGuardia to Epstein, discussing his help in unification between the Brooklyn and New York Federations of the Jewish Appeal. Outstanding content Albert Einstein autograph letter signed. Sold for $21,440.
It is, of course, no easy decision to denounce one’s homeland for good, but in 1933, Einstein was forced to do just that.
1933 is the turning point in Einstein’s life. This Albert Einstein autograph letter signed sold at Nate D. Sanders in May 2013 for $11,858:
Haunting Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed About Nazi Germany — Written During the Most Historically Famous Month of the Scientist’s Life
In February of ’33, while on a visit to the U.S., Einstein began to announce his plans to not return to Germany due to Hitler’s rise to power.
Yet this letter, dated 16 March 1933, speaks to Einstein’s optimism that he might still be able to return to his homeland, as he expresses his last hope that Nazism will die out, not proliferate as it sadly did.
The letter, written in German, encapsulates his last hopes before the most profound turning point in his life.
He writes to the German nurses of America, “…You needn’t think that I am personally, or in any way, bitter about what is happening in Germany. Like an individual, a people can lose its nerves; and in the case of the German people it really is comprehensible, considering the grave fates it had to endure. After some time this will be all over. One will rub one’s eyes and say it all was just an ugly dream…” Sold for $11,858.
Sadly, the dream became a reality as the Holocaust claimed the lives of 6 million Jews between this year and 1945.
With one mere sentence of the letter, we see this last glimmer of hope — a hope against the Nazi regime from taking hold — a hope that just two weeks later diminishes as he finds out he and his extended family have been personally attacked, his cottage raided by the Nazis on March 28th, his sailboat confiscated.
Just two weeks after penning these profound words on Waldorf Astoria stationery, Einstein gives up hope and renounced his citizenship for good, stating, “I do not want to remain in a state where individuals are not conceded equal rights before the law for freedom of speech and doctrine.”
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