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10:17 | 03/13/18

Albert Einstein’s violin sells for over $500,000

Albert Einstein's violin is displayed at Bonhams auction house in New York, US, March 6, 2018 (photo credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS) Albert Einstein's violin is displayed at Bonhams auction house in New York, US, March 6, 2018 (photo credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS)
The violin went for over three times its estimated price.
The quirky Jewish physicist would have been proud.

A violin once owned by Albert Einstein sold for $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.”

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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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