Notes by Einstein Far Exceeds Auction Expectations

Two handwritten notes by Einstein. Photo courtesy of AFP via bbc.com

Two handwritten notes by Einstein. Photo courtesy of AFP via bbc.com

A one-sentence, hand-written note by Albert Einstein was just auctioned in Israel for USD $1.5 million - far exceeding pre-sale expectations. Bidding for the lot began at USD $2,000.

The note, in which Einstein revealed his "strategy for a happy life," was written on stationary from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The scientist, having recently received word that he had won the Nobel prize but without any change on him, wrote the note to a courier in lieu of a tip.

Given the price of the sale, Einstein's recommendation regarding how to achieve happiness seem quite ironic: "a quiet and modest life."