University Archives’ March 15th Online Auction has Items Signed by Einstein, Louis VII, Paul Revere



The Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction features historical material from many collecting categories. All the lots are up for viewing and bidding now, on the UA website.

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Wilton, CT, USA, March 13, 2023 — An eclectic sale featuring items signed by historical luminaries as diverse as theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, France’s King Louis VII and Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th, by University Archives. The online-only Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction will begin promptly at 11 am Eastern time.

All 418 lots in the catalog are up for viewing and bidding now (on the University Archives website:, plus and Telephone and absentee bids will be taken, but there’s no live gallery bidding. Included is an exceptional array of U.S. presidential material from George Washington to Barack Obama.

“This auction also features unique science material from Einstein, Hooke, Feynman and others, as well as a marvelous miscellany encompassing Early American, art, international and sports collecting categories,” said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. “Whether you’re looking for important historical documents, rare books, original artwork, early photography or autographed sports memorabilia, University Archives has got you covered.”

Lot 384 is a typed letter signed by Einstein explaining his monumental scientific formula, E = mc2. The formula, which Einstein articulated after conducting research into the theory of relativity, ultimately led to the development of nuclear weapons, an unintended catastrophic result of his research (est. $45,000-$60,000). There are five Einstein lots in the auction. Another compelling item is Einstein’s one-page autograph manuscript in German, mentioning the “General Theory of Relativity” and the “theory of gravity,” part of his reconciliation of Unified Field Theory.

For more information about University Archives and the online Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction on March 15th at 11 am Eastern time, visit