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Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for US$2.89m

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A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God was auctioned Tuesday for US$2.89 million.

[NEW YORK] A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God was auctioned Tuesday for US$2.89 million.

It was a record for an Einstein letter and far surpassed its estimated value of US$1.0-1.5 million, Christie's said.

A 1939 letter in which Einstein warned then president Franklin D. Roosevelt about Germany's atom bomb preparations was auctioned for US$2.1 million in 2002.

In the letter sold on Tuesday, dated 1954 and written in German to philosopher Eric Gutkind, Einstein said he did not believe in God.

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"The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses," Einstein wrote.

"The Bible, a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends."

The letter was last sold in 2008 to a private collector for US$404,000, Christie's said.

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