Advice on two notes written by Albert Einstein describing his theory for happy living has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (NZD$3.6m)
The Nobel Prize-winning German-born physicist gave the notes to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip.
When the courier came to his room to make a delivery, the physicist did not have any money to reward him.
Instead, he handed the messenger a signed note – using stationary of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo – with one sentence, written in German: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”
He told the messenger that if he was lucky, the notes would become valuable.
Einstein wrote the hotel notes shortly after winning the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
A second note written at the same time simply reads: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” It sold for $240,000, (NZD$450,000).
The winning bids for both notes were far higher than the pre-auction estimated price, the auctioneers said.
The seller is reported to be the nephew of the messenger. The buyer wishes to remain anonymous.