(JTA) — A Bible signed by Albert Einstein sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York City.
The Bible was part of a fine books and manuscripts auction at Bonhams on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. The final price far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.
The German-born, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and his wife signed it in 1932 and gave it to an American friend, Harriett Hamilton.
In a German inscription, Einstein wrote that the Bible “is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently,” according to AP.
The auction house did not reveal the buyer.