16 January 2019 - 10 Shevat 5779 - י' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Albert Einstein’s notes in Japan fetch a record at auction E-mail

A handwritten note in German by Albert Einstein for a deliveryman in Japan was sold at auction for US$1.56 million.

Einstein travelled and lectured throughout Japan for six weeks in 1922. The signed note was written in 1922 on the stationery of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, shortly after Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics. It reads: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the
constant restlessness that comes with it.”

A second note in German that said “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” sold for US$240,000.

Both letters were purchased by the same person, and were auctioned off on 19 October at the Winner’s auction house in Jerusalem. The letters had been expected to sell for up to US$8,000 and US$6,000 respectively. The buyer asked to remain anonymous, according to reports. “It was an alltime record for an auction of a document in Israel,” Winner’s spokesman Meni Chadad told AFP.

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