A note that was hand-written by Albert Einstein with his advice on living a happy life has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56 million.
In November of 1922, whilst traveling to Japan from Europe for a lecture series. During the journey, the 43-year-old learned that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
Einstein stayed in a secluded room at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. When a courier came to his room to make a delivery and clean the room, he had no money to tip him with. Instead, he handed the messenger a note written in Germany:
“A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”
This note sold for $1.56 million.
Another second note, which Einstein wrote at the same time, sold for $240,000. This one said:
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
The buyer’s and seller’s identity have both been kept private at their request.