Einstein Photos and Inscribed Book, ca. 1935
My husband's grandparents left Germany in the ‘30s, and they went to Bermuda, and apparently, so did Albert Einstein. There were very few people on the island who spoke German, so they would keep company often. There's some pictures here of them sailing in Bermuda together. And then, once they did, eventually, leave Bermuda, they did meet up in New Jersey, when Albert Einstein went to Princeton, and he had signed this picture here for him. And, they had given his grandparents this book that he personalized to them, as well.
Great, yeah, we've got... you've got this great page from your husband's grandparent's album, and it's got these wonderful pictures of Einstein and your husband's grandfather. He's here in these white, lovely boat pants on this tiny boat, and just I think they're such wonderful pictures of Einstein. They just capture him in a rare moment. Do you know who this woman is?
This is his wife, Elsa. And, she's sitting in a chair, kind of characteristic of Bermuda, probably also from this same period. Do you mind opening this up, and showing me the inscription inside? So here is the inscription, to your grandparents. It's signed and dated 1935.
It says, to Mr. and Mrs. Steinadler with friendliest greetings, Albert Einstein.
A nice group of things, a very personal glimpse into Einstein. Have you ever had any of this material appraised?
Well, as you might imagine, Einstein's incredibly popular, and his value's really exploded in the past few years. We would value the book, which as a book, is missing a dust jacket, and has some drawbacks, but it has this really lovely, warm inscription. The book we would estimate at 2,000 to 3,000 at auction. And, the photographs we would estimate at 3,000 to 5,000 at auction.
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