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Einstein archives, letters to lovers set for Asian exhibits

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Handwritten pages from Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, letters to his lovers and other parts of his archive stored in are to be exhibited for the first time in Taiwan, and

Some 75 artifacts will go on display in beginning Friday as part of the exhibit "Albert Einstein: Life in Four Dimensions," Jerusalem's said Thursday.

They will remain on display at the National Chiang Kai- shek through April 8 before moving on to and

The university is home to the world's largest Einstein collection.

The pieces on display will include "his 1921 Nobel Prize, handwritten pages from the theory of relativity, letters exchanged with Sigmund Freud, family members and lovers, and the physicist's own vinyl record collection," the university said.

A told AFP that "nearly everything presented is original except for Einstein's century-old pipe, which is too fragile to send. We sent a copy."

Part of the journey for the historic and highly valuable material included an armoured truck, a police escort and a to "throw off potential thieves," the university said.

While certain artifacts have been exhibited in places including and Los Angeles, the upcoming exhibits mark the first time such a large number of pieces have been sent abroad, the said.

Einstein served as a non-resident of Jerusalem's

When the German-born died in 1955, he left the institution his archives, making it the owner of the world's most extensive collection of his documents.

He also once turned down an offer to become Israel's

In October, a note that Einstein gave to a courier in briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in for $1.56 million.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:20 IST