A rare manuscript containing Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity has sold for just over $13 million to an unidentified person, at an auction in Paris.
British auction house Christie’s reported that the 54-page manuscript of the work, co-written by Einstein and his assistant Michel Besso, between June 1913 and early 1914 in Zurich, Switzerland, was a crucial stage in the development of the general theory of relativity, and sold for 13 million dollars.
The 54-page document was originally expected to fetch up to $3.5 million, but it sold for nearly four times pre-sale estimates.
Christie’s told NBC News that it would not reveal the winner of the final bid.
For his part, Professor Hanush Gutfreund, former president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told NBC News in a phone interview that “this manuscript was one of the most important documents on the path of general relativity.”
He said the manuscript was crucial to Einstein’s “intellectual and scientific journey toward the general theory of relativity”.
Christie’s described the pages as “one of the most important scientific documents of the twentieth century”.Einstein Manuscript.