The latest list of items offered by the famous auction house for sale included a weathered leather jacket of Albert Einstein, the renowned physicist who proved that E=mc^2.
The winning bid for the jacket was a mind-blowing $144,424. The Christie’s examiners of the lot described the leather jacket of Albert Einstein as “rather pungent”. Einstein got the jacket from Levi Strauss (the man knew how to make a fashion statement, eh?) around the 1930s. You can see him lounging around wearing the same jacket in this picture as he took a vacation in the Bahamas, in 1935.
He exudes confidence in his cool jacket, doesn’t he?
Christie’s description of the jacket explains that it was one of the favourite clothing items of the genius scientist:
“The jacket first appears in a number of photographs of Einstein, taken at the height of his fame in the mid-1930s. A shot from 1935 shows the scientist wearing it upon his arrival for a holiday in the Bahamas.”
Leopold Infeld, a fellow scientist of Einstein, told that the revered physicist wanted to keep his life free of material needs.
“Long hair reduced the need for a barber and one leather jacket solved the coat problem for years.”
Apart from the jacket, a pocket watch and building blocks that Einstein played with during his childhood were also offered for sale.