Einstein note on modest living sells for $1.56 million

Toni Houston
October 26, 2017

The note was written during Einstein's 1922 visit to Japan after he was informed that he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

A Japanese courier arrived at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to deliver the scientist a message but he had no change to give as a tip.

While he was impressed, he also felt embarrassed by the publicity and wrote down his thoughts from his hotel room at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

A note handwritten by Albert Einstein in the 1920s, detailing the German-born physicist's simple theory for a happy life, sold in a Jerusalem auction to an anonymous European buyer on Tuesday for $1.56 million.

Bidding, in person, online and by phone, started at $2,000.

The note eventually fetched $1.56 million.

But the seller of the happiness note said: "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".


A second note written by Einstein at the same time on a blank piece of paper that simply reads "where there's a will, there's a way" was sold at a price of 240,000 USA dollars, said the auction.

The winning bid far exceeded the pre-auction estimated price of between $5,000 (£3,809) and $8,000 (£6,094), according to the Winner's auction house website.

The seller is reported to be the nephew of the messenger.

Roni Grosz, an Einstein archivist at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, said: "What we're doing here is painting the portrait of Einstein - the man, the scientist, his effect on the world - through his writings".

The auction comes after Einstein left his literary estate and personal papers in Israel after founding the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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.

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