May 23, 2018

Einstein note on modest living sells for $1.56 mn

26 October 2017, 12:42 | Camille Rivera

19 2017 shows one of two notes written by Albert Einstein in 1922 on stationary from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo

19 2017 shows one of two notes written by Albert Einstein in 1922 on stationary from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo

The Nobel-winning scientist wrote the note while he was in Tokyo during his trip in Japan, just after he was told he would be awarded a Nobel Prize in physics, Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions said.

Either way, Einstein didn't want the messenger to leave empty-handed, so he wrote him two notes by hand in German, according to the seller, a relative of the messenger.

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.

That's when the messenger arrived with a delivery and Einstein found himself without any money for a tip.

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

And the auction proved that to be the case after bids started at $2,000 (£1,500), going past the $1m mark in a 25-minute bidding war.

The words written on the note can be translated to, "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness".

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

The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous.

"When there's a will, there's a way", read the other note, written on a blank sheet of paper.

The seller is reported to be the nephew 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.

Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize a year late because the Nobel Committee for Physics decided none of the year's nominations met the criteria and postponed the selection until the following year.

He died in 1955.

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