It’s nearly impossible for one to fathom the idea of a mare theory fetching a whopping $1.3 million. That was the case with Albert Einstein's theory of happiness, this happened irrespective of it being relative, the theory fetched $1.3 million at a Jerusalem auction.
The Tuesday auction saw the Nobel-winning scientist's musings, handwritten on a note, may not be as famous as his groundbreaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of the great modern minds.
A report unveiled by Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions revealed that Einstein was traveling in Japan in 1922 when he was told he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
While in Tokyo, Einstein jotted the note in German to a bellboy after he did not have the cash to give him a tip. "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness," it reads.
The CEO of the auction house, Gal Wiener, revealed that Einstein told the bellboy that because of his fame, the handwritten note "will probably be worth more than a regular tip." Reports from Wiener revealed that the bidding started at $2,000 and it quickly escalated for a period of 25 minutes.
The other note that the bellboy received from Einstein read "Where there's a will there's a way," that was sold for over $200,000, Wiener said. However, Wiener did not reveal the seller or buyer of either of the notes.
Albert Einstein was a founder of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and left it his literary estate and personal papers. Einstein, who died in 1955, also declined an invitation that was given to him to serve as Israel’s first president.