Einstein articles auctioned for $42,000

A set of 94 scholarly articles by Albert Einstein sold for $42,000 (Ђ33,430) at auction on Wednesday, with the proceeds going to benefit the left-leaning Working Families Party.

"We're especially moved that Albert Einstein's work will support the Working Families Party's effort to wrest control of Congress from the most anti-science crowd Washington has seen since before Einstein himself was born," said Dan Cantor, executive director of the party.

Einstein saved copies of the articles, published from 1901 to 1925, and gave them to his son, Albert Hans Einstein, according to Christie's auction house, which sold the papers as one lot.

The papers were given to another family member, who gave them to a friend. The friend, who did not wish to be identified, is a supporter of the Working Families Party and believes that Einstein, a pacifist, would have been too.

The papers, some with personal inscriptions, document many of Einstein's discoveries about space and time. They were bought by David Waxman, the owner of Estates of Mind, a rare book shop in Great Neck, New York, bidding by telephone.

The price includes the auction house's commission.

Einstein, one of the greatest physicists of all time, was born in Germany and was known for his formulation of the theory of relativity, receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After the Nazis came to power and confiscated his property because he was Jewish, he emigrated to the United States in the 1930s to take a post at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, which he held until his death in 1955, reports AP.