Albert Einstein’s Violin Has Sold for Record $516,500 in New York Auction

A violin, believed once owned and played by physicist Albert Einstein, has sold at auction in New York for more than 5 times its original estimate

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A violin, believed once owned and played by German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, has sold at auction in New York City for $516,500 – more than 5 times its original estimate.

The spruce-top and maple-sides handmade instrument was crafted by American violin marker Oscar H. Steger in 1933 – with its inside label reading: “Made for the World’s Greatest Scientist Professor Albert Einstein By Oscar H. Steger, Feb 1933 / Harrisburg, PA.”

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Bonhams’ fine art and antiques auction house, who sold the item, has indicated a bidding war broke out over the collectors’ piece – which was originally estimated to sell for between US $100,000 and $150,000.

The violin now becomes the most valuable piece of Einstein memorabilia in history – surpassing a telescope that sold for US $432,500 at auction in 2017.

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