Albert Einstein's handwritten note that briefly describing his theory for happiness sold for $ 1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction on Tuesday.
Einstein gave his happiness note to a bellboy in a tip as he had no cash in 1922 in a Tokyo hotel. He handed him a signed note with one sentence, written in German: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”
The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous.
According to the CEO of Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions, Einstein assumed that the note would someday be worth more than a regular tip.
This is not all, Einstein's second note which read, “Where there's a will, there's a way”, sold for more than $ 200,000. According to Winner's auctions, the winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $5,000 and $8,000.
“It was an all-time record for an auction of a document in Israel,” said Winner’s spokesman Meni Chadad, adding that the buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous.
Albert Einstein is best known for his theory of relativity and mass-energy equivalence formula. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.