Einstein letters auctioned for $1 million
The missives included the physicist's take on subjects including God, the atomic bomb, adultery, and how McCarthyism risked ushering in an American version of Adolf Hitler.
It is one of the largest collections of his letters ever to go under the hammer and individual notes are expected to fetch up to $40,000.
There are letters written to his sons, Hans Albert Einstein and Eduard Einstein, and his ex-wife Mileva Maric.
Joseph Maddalena, chief executive of Los Angeles auction house Profiles in History, said: "We have amassed an extremely magnificent group of personal and profound handwritten Einstein letters covering a vast amount of subject matter.
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