Einstein's theory of happiness sells for $1.3M at auction


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.

It was written as Einstein was on a lecture tour of Japan and upon receiving a message delivered by a courier in his hotel room felt obliged to give the man something in return and decided that at the peak of his fame a handwritten note would suffice.

A second note, written around the same time, was also auctioned that was finally sold at United States dollars 240,000 (Rs 1,55,91,480), according to BBC News.

A picture taken on October 19, 2017, shows Gal Wiener, owner and manager of the Winner's auction house in Jerusalem, displays two notes written by Albert Einstein, in 1922, on hotel stationary from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo Japan. Einstein said the notes could be worth more than a tip one day.

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

One note, written in German translates to: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness".

In June, letters written by Einstein about God, Israel and physics sold for almost $210,000 at a Jerusalem auction.

The other reads: 'Where there's a will, there's a way'. According to Winner's auctions, the winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $5,000 and $8,000.

The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous.

Almost 100 years later, the bellboy's nephew contacted the auction house in Israel to put the notes up for sale.

Roni Grosz, the archivist in charge of the world's largest Einstein collection at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, said the notes shed light on the private thoughts of the great physicist, whose name has become synonymous with genius.

Albert Einstein's theories have changed our understanding of science, but his theory of happiness is his real million dollar idea.

Einstein died in 1955.