A scribbled note by Albert Einstein which described his theory on the key to happy living was sold at auction in Jerusalem for $1.56m.
According to The Telegraph, the winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $5,000 and $8,000,according to the website of Winner’s auction house.
“It was an all-time record for an auction of a document in Israel,” Winner’s spokesman Meni Chadad told AFP…Bidding in person, online and by phone, started at $2,000. A flurry of offers pushed the price rapidly up for about 20 minutes until the final two potential buyers bid against each other by phone. Applause broke out in the room when the sale was announced.
The newspaper reports that Einstein was on a lecture tour of Japan in 1922 and had recently been awarded the Nobel prize. Einstein didn’t have cash to pay a tip to a bellboy in the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, so he gave him two notes, predicting they would be worth more than a tip. He is reported have said.
“Maybe if you’re lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip.”
The Telegraph continues, Einstein dedicated his life to science, but suggested in the notes that fulfilling a long-term ambition doesn’t necessarily guarantee happiness.
The note said.
“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”
The anonymous buyer was from Europe.
The notes were sold by an anonymous Hamburg resident who commented “I am really happy that there are people out there who are still interested in science and history and timeless deliveries in a world which is developing so fast.”
On the second note was written “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. It sold for $240,000.