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Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi’s Set The Winning Bid

Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi's Set The Winning Bid

Albert Einstein’s brown leather Levi’s ‘Cossack’ jacket has been auctioned off along with a few of his other worldly possessions by Christie’s auction house in London. Since Einstein is hardly known for his fashion sense, the auctioneers only estimated the jacket which is descended in a direct line from Albert Einstein’s family to the present owner to go for $52,280 to $78,420. However, the jacket was acquired by Levi Strauss & Co. for the value of $146,744.

Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi's Set The Winning Bid
Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi’s Set The Winning Bid

The garment was purchased by Einstein when he was becoming a US citizen in the mid-1930s and was worn by him regularly during the period as he was becoming an “official” American. Einstein was often photographed in the jacket, with some of the most famous images including a photo by Lotte Jacobi in 1938 and a cover of TIME magazine in April of the same year.
Einstein is said to have worn the jacket so often that a colleague at Princeton in the years 1936-38, Leopold Infeld, said in his autobiography, “One of my colleagues in Princeton asked me, ‘If Einstein dislikes his fame and would like to increase his privacy, why does he … wear his hair long, a funny leather jacket, no socks, no suspenders, no ties?’

Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi's Set The Winning Bid
Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi’s Set The Winning Bid

The answer is simple. The idea is to restrict his needs and, by this restriction, increase his freedom. We are slaves of millions of things … Einstein tried to reduce them to the absolute minimum. Long hair minimized the need for the barber. Socks can be done without. One leather jacket solves the coat problems for many years.”
In 1999, TIME named Albert Einstein the Person of the Century. In the same issue Levi’s® 501® jeans were named the fashion item of the 20th century.

Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi's Set The Winning Bid
Albert Einstein’s Leather Jacket Auctioned For $147,000! Levi’s Set The Winning Bid

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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