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

26 October, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • Still passing on wisdom after all these years

The other reads: 'Where there's a will, there's a way'.

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. The news of Einstein's arrival spread quickly through Japan with thousands flocking to catch a glimpse of the Nobel laureate.

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.

Einstein gave the note to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip.

According to the CEO of Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions, Einstein assumed that the note would someday be worth more than a regular tip. Wiener would not reveal the names of the seller or buyer of the note.

It is noted that the auction was also exhibited two later letters of Einstein, in which he admires the success of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and expresses its readiness to help the Jerusalem art gallery. However, what the note contains is Einstein's mantra for happiness.

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Einstein's note about his theory of happiness exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between $5,000 and $8,000.

The seller was reported to be a relative of the messenger.

It is impossible to determine if the notes were a reflection of Einstein's own musings on his growing fame, but this is a stone in the mosaic, Israeli media "Times of Israel" quoted Roni Grosz, the archivist in charge of the world's largest Einstein collection, at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, as saying. He willed his personal archives, as well as the rights to his works, to the institution.

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.

Perhaps Einstein would have settled for something more "calm and modest".

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