Einstein letter fetches $100,000 at Jerusalem auction

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A photo taken on March 6, 2018 in Jerusalem shows Winner's auction house owner and manager Gal Wiener holding up before a magnifying glass a letter written by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein to Italian chemist Elisabetta Piccini, dated 1921, prior to its auctioning later in the night with the rest of a series of nine. (AFP)
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An employee uses a magnifying glass to inspect a series of letters by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein at Winner's auction house in Jerusalem, on March 6, 2018 prior to being auctioned later in the night with the rest of a series of nine. (AFP)
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A photo taken on March 6, 2018 in Jerusalem shows Winner's auction house owner and manager Gal Wiener holding up a signed letter by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein dated 1928 concerning the formalisation of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity", prior to being auctioned later in the night with the rest of a series of nine. (AFP)
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A photo taken on March 6, 2018 in Jerusalem shows Winner's auction house owner and manager Gal Wiener holding up a signed letter by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein dated 1928 concerning the formalisation of the "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity", prior to being auctioned later in the night with the rest of a series of nine. (AFP)
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An ultra Orthodox Jewish man, center, bids during an auction in Jerusalem, on March 6, 2018 for a handwritten note by Nobel-winning scientist Albert Einstein. (AP)
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A letter written by Albert Einstein in 1928, in which according to the auction house he outlined ideas for his "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity", is seen before it is sold at an auction in Jerusalem, March 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 March 2018
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Einstein letter fetches $100,000 at Jerusalem auction

JERUSALEM: A letter penned by legendary physicist Albert Einstein discussing one of his groundbreaking theories sold in Jerusalem Tuesday for over $100,000 as part of trove of documents that went under the hammer.
The handwritten missive, sent in 1928 by Einstein from Berlin to a mathematician about the formalization of the “Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity,” was snapped up by an anonymous buyer for $103,700 (83,600 euros).
The letter was written during one of the “most exciting, feverish periods of Einstein’s scientific career” as he worked to hammer out one of the major scientific breakthroughs of the last century, auction house Winner’s said.
It included a second note jotted by Einstein on the back of the envelope refining his thinking.
The sum — while large — pales in comparison to the $1.56 million that one purchaser paid for a letter from Einstein on the secret of happiness at a Jerusalem auction in October after it was initially valued at some $8,000.
Among Tuesday’s other lots were letters and photographs relating to the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics that also sold for several thousand dollars.
Winner’s boss Gal Wiener told AFP that the trove “reveals the complex character of the great scientist.”
German-born Einstein served as a non-resident governor of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University up to his death.


Jordan gets its first female boots on Everest summit

Updated 26 May 2019
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Jordan gets its first female boots on Everest summit

  • Dubai-based mountaineer Dolores Shelleh also became first Arab woman to scale the world’s highest mountain from its northern side
  • Shelleh previously summited Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, as well as Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus, and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro

DUBAI: Dubai-based mountaineer Dolores Shelleh became the first Jordanian woman to scale mount Everest this week, as well as being the first Arab woman to scale the world’s highest mountain from its northern side.

“By scaling Mt. Everest from the North Col, I intended to highlight the message of embracing more sustainable practices and to promote the use of renewable energy as well as reinforce the need to follow healthy lifestyles in harmony with nature,” Shelleh said.

“The challenge I undertook was particularly arduous as the North Col of Mt. Everest route called for more technical climbing and the weather conditions were windier and chillier. With the support and blessings of my family, friends and my co-residents in The Sustainable City, I was able to accomplish the task,” she added.

Shelleh’s climb was sponsored by The Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, found in the UAE.

Shelleh previously summited Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, as well as Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus, and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.