Albert Einstein's scribbled secrets for happiness fetch $1.5m at auction

Francis Osborne
October 26, 2017

Impressed but also embarrassed by the publicity, Einstein tried to write down his thoughts and feelings from his secluded hotel room.

That is when a Japanese courier arrived at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to deliver Einstein a message. Einstein said the notes could be worth more than a tip one day.

According to AFP (via, bidders at an auction in Jerusalem have been left stunned after a note written by Albert Einstein given to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 just sold for $1.56m.

The note eventually fetched $1.56 million.

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

Bidding for the note started at $2,000, but offers for it quickly rose with a bidding war developing between two interested parties.

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The second note written by Einstein sold for $240,000 and reads, "Where there's a will, there's a way".

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.

The seller is reported to be the nephew of the messenger.

"It was an all-time record for an auction of a document in Israel", said Winner's spokesman Meni Chadad, adding that the buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous. However, what the note contains is Einstein's mantra for happiness.

He said: "What we're doing here is painting the portrait of Einstein - the man, the scientist, his effect on the world - through his writings". "This is a stone in the mosaic". He willed his personal archives, as well as the rights to his works, to the institution.

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.

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