Famous company buys Albert Einstein's vintage (smelly) jacket for over $145,000

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Albert Einstein's Vintage (Smelly) Jacket Is Worth Over $145,000

A leather jacket worn by arguably the most famous scientist in the world just sold for a little over $146,000 — nose plugs not included.

Albert Einstein was a chronic pipe smoker, and a specialist told Christie's auction house, "Astonishingly, 60 years after his death, his jacket still smells of smoke."

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But if you can get past the "pungent" smell, the jacket is practically a part of Einstein himself. The earliest photos of him wearing it come from the mid-1930s "at the height of his fame."

Levi Strauss & Co. paid for the famous physicist's regularly worn jacket he purchased in the mid-thirties -- and the leather has worn considerably over the decades. Einstein didn't seem to own many others.

Just like how his long hairstyle cut down his trips to the barber, a fellow scientist at Princeton University wrote, "One leather jacket solved the coat problem for years."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: The 1109-carat rough Lesedi La Rona diamond, the biggest rough diamond discovered in more than a century, sits in a display case at Sotheby's on May 4, 2016 in New York City. The stone was found by Lucara Diamond Corp. last year at its Karowe mine in Botswana. The diamond, which is nearly the size of a tennis ball at 66.4 x 55 x 42mm and is believed to be about 2.5 billion to 3 billion years old, was named 'Our Light' in the local Tswana language. Lesedi La Rona will be offered at auction in London on June 29 and be on display at Sotheby's New York. The diamond could sell for $70 million or more. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Guards stand next to the 1109-carat rough Lesedi La Rona diamond, the biggest rough diamond discovered in more than a century, at Sotheby's on May 04, 2016 in New York City. The stone was found by Lucara Diamond Corp. last year at its Karowe mine in Botswana. The diamond, which is nearly the size of a tennis ball at 66.4 x 55 x 42 mm and is believed to be about 2.5 billion to 3 billion years old, was named 'Our Light' in the local Tswana language. Lesedi La Rona will be offered at auction in London on June 29 and be on display at Sotheby's New York. The diamond could sell for $70 million or more. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Guards stand next to the 1109-carat rough Lesedi La Rona diamond, the biggest rough diamond discovered in more than a century, at Sotheby's on May 04, 2016 in New York City. The stone was found by Lucara Diamond Corp. last year at its Karowe mine in Botswana. The diamond, which is nearly the size of a tennis ball at 66.4 x 55 x 42 mm and is believed to be about 2.5 billion to 3 billion years old, was named 'Our Light' in the local Tswana language. Lesedi La Rona will be offered at auction in London on June 29 and be on display at Sotheby's New York. The diamond could sell for $70 million or more. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A model poses with an uncut 1109-carat diamond named 'Lesedi La Rona', estimated to realise in excess of 70 million USD (49.5 million GBP, 62 million euro), at Sotheby's auction house in London, on June 14, 2016. The large gem-quality rough diamond will be offered in a stand-alone auction at Sotheby's in London on June 29. / AFP / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
A model poses with an uncut 1109-carat diamond named 'Lesedi La Rona', estimated to realise in excess of 70 million USD (49.5 million GBP, 62 million euro), at Sotheby's auction house in London, on June 14, 2016. The large gem-quality rough diamond will be offered in a stand-alone auction at Sotheby's in London on June 29. / AFP / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
A model holds the 1,109 carat LESEDI LA RONA diamond May 4, 2016 at Sotheby's in New York. The rough diamond, uncovered in Botswana, southern Africa, last year estimated to be three billion years old, will be offered in a stand-alone auction in London on June 29, 2016, estimated to sell for in excess of $70 million USD. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A model holds the 1,109 carat LESEDI LA RONA diamond May 4, 2016 at Sotheby's in New York. The rough diamond, uncovered in Botswana, southern Africa, last year estimated to be three billion years old, will be offered in a stand-alone auction in London on June 29, 2016, estimated to sell for in excess of $70 million USD. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A model holds the 1,109 carat LESEDI LA RONA diamond May 4, 2016 at Sotheby's in New York. The rough diamond, uncovered in Botswana, southern Africa, last year estimated to be three billion years old, will be offered in a stand-alone auction in London on June 29, 2016, estimated to sell for in excess of $70 million USD. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A model holds the 1,109 carat LESEDI LA RONA diamond May 4, 2016 at Sotheby's in New York. The rough diamond, uncovered in Botswana, southern Africa, last year estimated to be three billion years old, will be offered in a stand-alone auction in London on June 29, 2016, estimated to sell for in excess of $70 million USD. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The 1,109-carat LESEDI LA RONA diamond is displayed May 4, 2016 at Sotheby's in New York. The rough diamond, uncovered in Botswana, southern Africa, last year estimated to be three billion years old, will be offered in a stand-alone auction in London on June 29, 2016, estimated to sell for in excess of $70 million USD. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: (This image has been digitally altered) A view of the 1,109-carat 'Lesedi la Rona': the largest gem-quality rough diamond to be discovered in over a century, and the largest rough diamond in existence today, at Sothebys, New York, NY, on May 3, 2016. The 'Lesedi la Rona' will be auctioned at Sothebys London on 29 June 2016, estimated to sell for in excess of $70 million. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sotheby's)
A model displays a large diamond at Sotheby's in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A large diamond is displayed at Sotheby's in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A model displays a large diamond at Sotheby's in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A 3-billion-year-old diamond the size of a tennis ball â the largest discovered in over a century â could sell for more than $70 million, auctioneer Sotheby's said Wednesday. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The jacket's new, unnamed owner is its first since Einstein died in 1955.

Alongside the jacket, Christie's sold a set of building blocks from Einstein's childhood and his pocket watch.

The watch comes from a very different time in the scientist's life, when he was 21 years old and still a "total unknown." Even though it had an estimated worth of under $27,000, it sold for over $353,000.

This video includes clips from Christie's, U.S. Library of Congress and Emil Vollenweider und Sohn.

(Additional reporting by AOL.com)

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3. Two private speaking sessions by Sarah Palin

Price: About $115K per speech

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Price: $250K

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5. A seat on Richard Branson's spaceship

Price: $250K a seat to travel to space

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Price per cupcake: around $1,127.86

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7. The Fountains Package at Hyde at the Bellagio in Las Vegas 

Price: $250K per package

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8. A framed "Man in Gold Helmet" painting by Rembrandt 

Price: $250K

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