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While Albert Einstein’s theory of happiness may be relative, itfetched $1.3 million (Dhs4.8m) at an auction recently. 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 lighton one of the great modern minds. Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions at occupied Jerusalem said Einstein was travelling in Japan in 1922 when he was told he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. In Tokyo, einstein scribbled the note in German to a bellboy after he did not have 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.
Gal Wiener, CEO of the auction house, said Einstein told the bellboy that because of his fame, the handwritten note “will probably be worth more than a regular tip.” Another note Einstein gave the bellboy, which read “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” was sold for over $200,000 (Dhs734,520), Wiener said.