Einstein's eyes: worth $5 million? (Courtesy Everett Collection)

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The eyes of Albert Einstein are periodically reported to be slated for the auction block. Einstein's ophthalmologist, Dr. Henry Abrams of Loveladies, N.J., said Thomas Stoltz Harvey, the pathologist who removed Einstein's brain during the physicist's autopsy in 1955, gave him permission to remove the eyes before Einstein was cremated. According to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper in 1994, sources close to Abrams said the eye doctor was looking for a buyer for the eyes. Abrams, who was dismissed from his post at Princeton Hospital for refusing to give back Einstein's peepers, denied reports the eyes were for sale after the Associated Press and other media reported that Michael Jackson might be willing to offer as much as US$5 million for them.

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