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Einstein’s manuscript goes for $13.2 million

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  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
    German-born theoretical physicist; developer of the theory of relativity (1879–1955)

Einstein’s manuscript on the theory of relativity has sold for $13.2 million

LOCATION: Paris, France

Albert Einstein and his colleague, Swiss physicist Michele Besso

produced the document between 1913 and 1914

(SOUNDBITE) (French) CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE EXPERT ON BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS, VINCENT BELLOY, SAYING:"The Einstein-Besso manuscript is a work document signed by Albert Einstein and by his colleague and friend, Michele Besso, and it's a document that shows the birth of the general theory of relativity, which is probably the most important discovery of Albert Einstein's career and one of the most important theories in the history of modern physics."

Christie’s had estimated the lot's value at around $3 million

The 54-page document is one of two surviving working documents

that record the birth of Einstein's theory of relativity

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