- The letter was given by Albert Einstein to a courier in Tokyo
- The letter entails Enstein's theory on happy living
- A second letter by Einstein sold for $240,000
The winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimated price of between $5,000 and $8,000, according to the Winner's auction house website.
The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous, a spokesman for the auction house said.
The note, on the stationary of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, says in German that "a quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."
A second Einstein note written at the same time that simply reads "where there's a will, there's a way" sold for $240,000, according to Winner's.
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