Albert Einstein’s Handwritten Theory About Happiness Just Sold For $1.56M

An Israeli auction house sold two handwritten notes by the famous physicist for much more than it had anticipated.

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Money can’t buy happiness, but $1.56 million can buy Albert Einstein’s happiness theory.

Two notes written by the famous physicist recently sold for well above their expected value at a Jerusalem auction house.

During Einstein’s trip to Japan in 1922 to receive the Nobel Prize in physics, he wrote notes on how to live a fulfilling life while staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. When a messenger delivered something to his room, the German-born physicist gave him two of the autographed notes, because he didn’t have a tip available. Einstein said the notes could be worth more than a tip one day. He was right.

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

This file photo taken on Oct. 19 shows a note written by Albert Einstein, in 1922, on hotel stationery from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo Japan. (Photo: Menahem Kahana, AFP/Getty Images)

It was expected to sell for between $5,000 and $8,000, according to the Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions website. Instead, a bidding war lasting about 25 minutes ended in a sale of $1.56 million, the Associated Press reports.

The second note, which read “where there’s a will there’s a way,” sold for $240,000, far above it’s estimated value of between $4,000 and $6,000.

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