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New York - Albert Einstein’s Violin Sells For Over $500,000

Published on: March 12, 2018 08:00 PM
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People take a look at Albert Einstein's violin which will be out for auction at Bonhams auction house in New York, U.S., March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozPeople take a look at Albert Einstein's violin which will be out for auction at Bonhams auction house in New York, U.S., March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

New York - The quirky Jewish physicist would have been proud.

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A violin once owned by Albert Einstein sold for $516,500 at the New York-based Bonhams auction house on Friday.

The instrument, which eportedly was gifted to the scientist in 1933 by Oscar Steger, a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, went for over three times its estimated price. Steger made the violin himself and inscribed it with the words “Made for the Worlds[sic] Greatest Scientist Profesior[sic] Albert Einstein By Oscar H. Steger, Feb 1933 / Harrisburg, PA.”

Later, while working at Princeton University, Einstein gave the instrument to the son of Sylas Hibbs, who worked as a janitor at the school. It had remained in Hibbs’ family ever since.



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 Mar 12, 2018 at 08:20 PM Max Says:

Not a lot compared to sports memorabilia!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 01:16 AM Bearly Human Says:

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Max Says:

Not a lot compared to sports memorabilia!

Albert was a notoriously bad violinist.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 03:53 PM Shimon Says:

I desperately need a great violin, but if Einsteins violin was equal to a violin that costed $450,000, I would immeadiately sell it and get THAT violin instead and earn $50,000.
I'd expect his violin was actually worth well under $5000.

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