News-Antique.com - Jun 15,2011 - (West Palm Beach, FL) A great thinker like Albert Einstein comes along very rarely and almost as rare is the opportunity to own a handwritten letter penned by the master mind. A collection of five Einstein letters, including two handwritten examples, headline the sale scheduled for June 27 in West Palm Beach, FL at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. Auction president Brian Kogan said, “Einstein’s autograph is desirable enough but having two letters written completely in the hand of this genius is incredible.”
The collection of letters descended in the family of Dr. Hans Maurice Cassel, an Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Berlin Institute of Technology in the 1920s. Cassel worked with Einstein on a number of scientific theories and formulae. The letters were found by the granddaughter of Cassel in a file box left to her by her mother. The letters were written between 1936 and 1937 when Einstein was at Princeton University. Cassel’s correspondence with Einstein is documented in the Einstein Archives at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The handwritten letters, written to Cassel in German, discuss theories they were working on.
The auction will feature over 325 lots from several estates. The inventory includes antiques, carpets and fine art from a prestigious property at St. Andrews in Boca Raton. Antique furniture, chandeliers, 19th century giltwood mirrors, antiques and lamps from a Wellington equestrian estate, Part III of the continuing Asian Collection sale from a Boca Raton collector featuring jade objects d’art and snuff bottles and fine art from the estate of a Palm Beach gentleman as well as additional consignments from around South Florida and the Palm Beaches.
Items of special note in the sale include a pair of 19th century French ormolu mounted Old Paris porcelain vases with double scroll handles ending in female mask terminals, painted with flowers on a green ground, raised on a fluted base with bead and wreath collar, a spectacular 19th century Italian carved giltwood mirror within pierced shell, scroll and flower border carved with swans, putti heads, masks and dragons and a magnificent Chinese celadon jade bangle with solid inner ring and foliate and bats pierced outer ring.
For more information and images of this outstanding collection please see the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches website at www.AGOPB.com or call 561-805-7115 and ask for Mr. Leslie Baker or Mr. Brian Kogan. Live bidding with LiveAuctioneers.com and the-saleroom.com, absentee and phone bidding available. Preview will begin in the Gallery on Thursday June 23. The auction starts Monday June 27 at 6:00PM. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.
Notes on photo: Autographed letter, signed ("A. Einstein"), to Mr. Hans Cassel, March 3, 1937, in ink on stationary paper measuring 10"x 8 1/8" (one page). Einstein writing that Cassel's Theory "is wrong. . . and that you must get over inner resistance to see your fallacy." (Cond: paper shows creases from folding, age toning, transfer marks from paperclip. Provenance: Family