I wouldn’t pit my brain against Albert Einstein’s, and I certainly wouldn’t bid against the guy who forked over $404,000 in an auction for one of Einstein’s letters. Just a guess, but I think he has a higher credit limit on his cards than I do.

Is this undisclosed bidder a show-off, a physics buff, a spend-thrift, or are the contents of this letter really worth that much money? It depends upon how much you value the genius quantum physicist’s thoughts about God–and religion (terms that, for some, are mutually exclusive). An article in today’s New York Times gives us a peek into this unique missive, at a price that will fit our budgets.

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