A New Jersey eye doctor says he wanted a memento of his old friend and patient Albert Einstein, so he took the great scientist's eyes.

Dr. Harry Abrams, 83, said he keeps the eyes in a bank vault. He denies any rumors that the eyes are for sale and says he has not heard from pop star Michael Jackson, who was reportedly interested in them.Einstein's body was cremated after his death in 1955, but his brain was preserved. Abrams says he got permission to remove the eyes.

"I felt so strongly about the professor and the friendship I had with him, and this was my only physical attachment to him," Abrams told the Times of Trenton.

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Abrams was Einstein's eye doctor during his final years in Princeton and says Einstein never accepted special treatment, always sitting in the waiting room with other patients.

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