In 1922 Albert Einstein went to Japan to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. While staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, a messenger delivered something to his room. Einstein didn’t have a monetary tip to give; instead he presented the messenger with two autographed notes, telling the messenger the notes could be worth more than a tip one day.
One note stating: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” auctioned off at $1.56 million. The other note which read: “where there’s a will there’s a way” went for $240,000.
Quite a tip.