Albert Einstein’s violin sells for over £350,000
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Albert Einstein’s violin sells for over £350,000

Jewish physicist's instrument went under the hammer in New York - selling for over three times its estimated price

One of the smartest ever Jews, Albert Einstein
One of the smartest ever Jews, Albert Einstein

The quirky Jewish physicist would have been proud.

A violin once owned by Albert Einstein sold for £369,529 ($516,500) at the New York-based Bonhams auction house on Friday.

The instrument, which reportedly 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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