A collection of Albert Einstein's letters to first wife Mileva Maric failed to sell for its estimated price at a Sydney auction house last week.
While the vendor was reportedly seeking somewhere in the order of 1 million dollars at the Menzies auction, the parcel of four letters, written by Einstein in July, 1914, passed in at 130,000 dollars, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The letters, purchased at a Christies auction in New York in 1996, see Einstein outline to his wife the terms by which they will remain married.
The couple were married in 1904.
Einstein wrote: "A. You will see to it (1) that my clothes and linen are kept in order, (2) that I am served three regular meals a day in my room. B. You will renounce all personal relations with me, except when these are required to keep up social appearances." And: "You will expect no affection. You must leave my bedroom or study at once without protesting when I ask."(ANI)