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Einstein self-help advice sold at auction for $1.3 million


By Lia Eustachewich / NY Post

Self-help advice from Albert Einstein doesn’t come cheap: A note he wrote on how to lead a happy life has been sold at auction for $1.3 million.

The Nobel Prize winner’s musings were scrawled in German in 1922 on stationery from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, where he’d been staying.

He wrote, “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”

Einstein gave the piece of advice to a bellboy after he didn’t have cash for a tip, telling him that one day it “will probably be worth more than a regular tip.”

The German-born physicist, famous for his theory of relativity, was in Japan on a lecture tour and learned there that he’d won the Nobel Prize in physics.

MindTrip MagazineBidding at the Jerusalem auction began at $2,000 Tuesday and quickly escalated. It lasted about 25 minutes.

A second note penned by Einstein, which reads, “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” sold for more than $200,000.

The buyers weren’t identified, but auctioneers said one of them was a European who wished to remain anonymous, according to the Guardian.

The seller is reportedly the nephew of the bellboy.

“I am really happy that there are people out there who are still interested in science and history and timeless deliveries in a world which is developing so fast,” said the seller, who also did not want to be identified, according to the Guardian.

The “happiness” note fetched far more than the $5,000 to $8,000 expected, according to Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions.

 

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