Albert Einstein’s note on the theory of happiness sold on Tuesday for $1.56 million at a Jerusalem auction, handing over the scientist’s 1922 musings to an unknown buyer.
Gal Wiener, CEO of the auction house, said the offers began at $2,000 and bids quickly flooded in for about 25 minutes. Wiener would not reveal the names of the seller or the buyer of the note.
He is known as one of the great minds in 20th-century science. But this week, Albert Einstein is making headlines for his advice on how to live a happy life — and a tip that paid off.
In November 1922, Einstein was traveling from Europe to Japan for a lecture series for which he was paid 2,000 pounds by his Japanese publisher and hosts, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography, “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” During the journey, the 43-year-old learned he’d been awarded his field’s highest prize: the Nobel Prize in physics. The award recognized his contributions to theoretical physics.
A note written by Albert Einstein containing advice on happy living has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (£1.19m).
Einstein gave the note to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip.
He had just heard that he had won the coveted Nobel prize for physics and told the messenger that, if he was lucky, the notes would become valuable.
Einstein suggested in the note that achieving a long-dreamt goal did not necessarily guarantee happiness.
The German-born physicist had won the Nobel and was in Japan on a lecture tour.
When the courier came to his room to make a delivery, he did not have any money to reward him.
JERUSALEM — While Albert Einstein's theory of happiness may be relative, it fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction on Tuesday.
The Nobel-winning scientist's musings, on a handwritten note, may not be as famous as his groundbreaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of the great minds of all time (and space).
JERUSALEM -- While Albert Einstein's theory of happiness may be relative, it fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction on Tuesday.
The Nobel-winning scientist's musings, handwritten on a note, may not be as famous as his groundbreaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of the great modern minds.
Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions said Einstein was traveling in Japan in 1922 when he was told he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. In Tokyo, Einstein scribbled the note in German to a bellboy after he did not have cash to give him a tip.
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness," it reads.
Advice on a note written by Albert Einstein describing his theory for living a happy life has sold for $1.7 million at a Jerusalem auction.
The Nobel-winning scientist's musings may not be as famous as his ground-breaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of the great modern minds.
Self-help advice from Albert Einstein doesn’t come cheap: A note he wrote on how to lead a happy life has been sold at auction for $1.3 million.
The Nobel Prize winner’s musings were scrawled in German in 1922 on stationery from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, where he’d been staying.
He wrote, “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”