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Lot #190
Albert Einstein Signed Photograph

Einstein photograph by Lotte Jacobi, signed by the genius with two sun sketches

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Einstein photograph by Lotte Jacobi, signed by the genius with two sun sketches

Exquisite vintage matte-finish 6.75 x 9 photo of Einstein by Lotte Jacobi, signed and inscribed in fountain pen "Fur [Sun] und [sun], Albert Einstein, 1932.” Reverse bears a Foto-Jacobi Berlin copyright stamp. In fine condition, with a hint of subtle silvering, and some slight fading to the signature. This portrait was captured by influential German-American photographer Lotte Jacobi quite early in her esteemed career; she had joined the family's photo agency in Berlin in 1927. She is remembered for her portraits of leading figures of the arts and sciences, which often captured them at ease in informal settings. That Einstein signed it with his full name, and added rare sketches of two suns—perhaps a dedication to a friend and his wife—makes it truly excellent. We have never seen another Einstein photo with a drawing on it—such autographs are virtually nonexistent.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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