Albert Einstein's 'secret to happiness' note sells for $1.9m

Two notes written by Albert Einstein are set to be auctioned
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While in Tokyo, a courier had come to deliver a package to Einstein's room.

Instead, the Nobel Prize victor handed the man two handwritten notes, telling him: "Maybe if you're lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip". Einstein said the notes could be worth more than a tip one day.

Those autographed notes, in which Einstein offered his thoughts on how to live a happy and fulfilling life, sold at a Jerusalem auction house Tuesday for a combined $1.8 million.

The note was written in 1922 when the German-born physicist, most famous for his theory of relativity, was on a lecture tour in Japan.

The note eventually fetched $1.56 million.

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The auction house originally estimated that the note would sell for between $5,000 and $8,000.

And the auction proved that to be the case after bids started at $2,000 (£1,500), going past the $1m mark in a 25-minute bidding war.

But the seller of the happiness note said: "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".

The seller was reportedly the bellboy's nephew, the BBC reported.

The buyer of the note was a European, according to the Jerusalem-based Winner's Auction.

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Einstein suggested in the note that achieving a long-dreamt goal did not necessarily guarantee happiness. "This is a stone in the mosaic".

The auction comes after Einstein left his literary estate and personal papers in Israel after founding the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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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