Einstein's childhood toy up for auction

The wooden bead game was once owned by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

June 14, 2019 02:49
1 minute read.
Einstein's childhood toy up for auction

The pearl mosaic game once belonging to Albert Einstein. (photo credit: KESTENBAUM & COMPANY)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a genius. But how many can say they gave their son or daughter the same toy Albert Einstein played with as a kid?

New York City-based auction house Kestenbaum & Company is selling a toy that once belonged to the Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

Known in German as a Perlen-Mosaik-Spiel, aka a pearl mosaic game, the toy is a wooden box, filled with colored wooden beads, that can be used to create images and letters on the box’s hole-punched frame.

The auction house said the item was given by Einstein to its current owner, who has kept it in his possession since the scientist’s death in 1955. The toy was displayed in an exhibit at the Mitsuo Aida Museum from 2005-2006.

“This creative childhood toy served to expand the imagination of a young Albert Einstein, in turn leading to a maturation of mind, that in adulthood, brought to Mankind the most significant scientific theorems of the past millennia,” said Kestenbaum & Company.

The toy – which Kestenbaum estimates as worth $4,000-$6,000 – is being sold alongside several other personal items that once belonging to Einstein, including linen napkins, silver shot glasses and a portrait of the physicist.

The auction is scheduled to be held next Thursday, June 20, in Manhattan.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Journey to Heaven: Leila Leah Bronner
July 22, 2019
Bible scholar, historian Leila Bronner dies at 89


Cookie Settings