Auction No. 106

Letters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Jewish Art, letters of Rabbis and Rebbes and Collection of letters to Sir Moses Montefiore from the archive of the late Rabbi Avraham Shisha - London - Buyer's commission 22%

March 6, 2018
Opening $ 8,000
Estimate $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
Sold for $ 9,760
Including buyer's premium

Large and interesting artistic photograph of Prof. Albert Einstein smoking a corn pipe, presented to his good friend Dr. Held. 1937

Specifications: [1] original photograph. 18X25 cm. The photograph was originally pasted onto a cardboard, which was later reinforced from behind with transparent adhesive tape on the top and bottom.

Unique features: There is apparently no known copy of this delightful and unique photograph. Photographs that document Einstein smoking a corn pipe are rare. The photographer created an artistic element to the photograph using a technique called "soft focus." On the lower part of the cardboard, under the photograph, Einstein wrote: "To the wise and good Mr. Dr. Held, with affection, Albert Einstein, February 1937."

Condition: Very fine, with the exception of tears at the edges of the cardboard on which the photograph was affixed, without damage to the photograph or inscription.

Letters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities