NEWS > Einstein Violin Fetches $500,000

"I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music ... I get most joy in life out of music." -Albert Einstein

Photos of the Violin and Albert Einstein.
March 15, 2018
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

NEW YORK  –  Bonhams reports, a violin owned and played by Albert Einstein, has fetched $516,500 at auction.

The vintage violin was hand crafted in 1933 by Oscar Steger, especially for Einstein, and was given to him as a gift when he arrived at Princeton.

Inside the violin, a special note states: "Made for the Worlds Greatest Scientist Profesior Albert Einstein By Oscar H. Steger, Feb 1933 / Harrisburg, PA."

CBS News story about Albert Einstein's Violin.

Einstein later gave the instrument to Lawrence Hibbs, a young violinist and son of a Princeton handyman. Until the auction, the violin had remained with the family.

Surprising facts about Albert Einstein.

Reportedly, Einstein often used music to stimulate his thoughts. His wife Elsa was quoted as saying: "Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories. He goes to his study, comes back, strikes a few chords on the piano, jots something down, returns to his study."


The violin was sold as Lot 26 at Bonhams Extraordinary Books and Manuscripts auction in New York, on March 9, 2018. The sale price of $516,550 more than tripled the expectations of $100,000-$150,000.


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