On the 23rd local time, the physicist Einstein’s manuscript of the theory of relativity was auctioned in Paris, France, and the auction price was as high as 11.6 million euros (approximately 83.1 million yuan). Behind the purchaser is a mystery, sparking speculation.
According to various sources quoted by the World Wide Web,The buyer of this manuscript is Li Ka-shing. However, the Li Ka-shing Foundation said it would not comment.
The starting price of this Einstein manuscript was 1.5 million euros, and soon exceeded the estimate of 3.5 million euros.In the end, two bidders bid through the phone, each time the increase was 200,000 euros, and the final price was 11.7 million euros, which was the highest price among Einstein’s various manuscripts.
It is understood that the auctioned manuscript of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has 54 pages. It was handwritten by Einstein and his colleague, Swiss engineer Michel Besso in Zurich, Switzerland between 1913 and 1914.
Christie’s auction house stated that the manuscript was preserved through Besso.From 1913 to 1914, Einstein and Besso had a lot of academic cooperation. Most of the manuscript was written in June 1913, recording the process of their research on the “general relativity”.
There are many errors in the draft, crossed-out equations, and corrected calculation results. After the two suspended relevant research, Besso took the manuscript to Italy.
Since the manuscript has Einstein’s autograph before 1919, it is very rare and the most valuable Einstein manuscript ever.
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