Albert Einstein’s Handwritten Letter Featuring Famous Equation Sells for Mind-Blowing Price at Auction

by Keeli Parkey

A letter written by Albert Einstein recently fetched a mind-blowing price at an auction. Einstein is one of the most famous scientists in history.

According to, the letter had information about one of the physicist’s most famous works. That, of course, is his E = mc2 equation. It’s an equation even the least scientific members of the public know, even if the science behind it remains confusing. The handwritten letter sold at the recent auction for the impressive sum of $1,243,707.

This letter by Albert Einstein was put up for auction at RR Auction in Boston.

According to Bobby Livingston, the letter sold at auction is one of just four samples of the physicist’s famous equation that are in his handwriting known to exist. This detail was studied by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Einstein Papers Project.

In fact, Bobby Livingston was surprised that the letter fetched $1.2 million at the auction. Livingston is the executive vice president of RR Auction. He reported that he anticipated the letter would be sold for around $400,000.

“It’s an important letter from both a holographic and a physics point of view,” Livingston said.

Albert Einstein Letter Recently Sold at Auction Written During October 1946

This letter was reportedly composed by Albert Einstein in German. The date on the letter is Oct. 26, 1946. The famous scientist sent it to Ludwik Silberstein. Also, Silberstein was a physicist of Polish-American heritage.

Interestingly, Silberstein had been critical of Einstein’s work before this letter was composed. Here is some of what Einstein shared in the letter. What follows is based on a translation of the letter from German to English.

“Your question can be answered from the E=mc2 formula, without any erudition,” Albert Einstein wrote.

The letter’s journey to the auction house reportedly started with Ludwik Silberstein’s family. The letter had been stored in Silberstein’s personal files.

Once the recent auction began, there were a few bidders who expressed interest in this rare Albert Einstein letter. As the auction progressed, five parties battled it out for ownership of the intriguing letter. This field later narrowed to two parties. This occurred when the price tag for the letter rose to $700,000.

Eventually, one buyer emerged victoriously. The auction ended on Thursday (May 20).

Einstein Letter Is Not the Only Piece of Memorabilia That Has Recently Gone On the Auction Block

This letter by Albert Einstein is not the only piece of valuable memorabilia that has gone on the auction block recently.

A jersey worn by NBA legend Kobe Bryant is another example. The late basketball star wore this jersey while he was attending high school at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia. The starting bid for this item was $50,000.

Also, a ping pong paddle used by Tom Hanks in the film “Forrest Gump” fetched a sky-high price at an auction. It sold for $25,600. Yes, a single ping pong paddle.