Lot #8017
Albert Einstein Signed Photograph

Rare signed oversized ‘society circuit’ photo of the genius—the only known formal studio portrait of Albert Einstein

Estimate: $20000+

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Rare signed oversized ‘society circuit’ photo of the genius—the only known formal studio portrait of Albert Einstein

Exquisite oversized vintage matte-finish 10 x 13.5 mounted portrait of Albert Einstein in a dashing tuxedo, on its original Delar mount, inscribed on the mount in German in fountain pen to "Herrn und Frau Bluestone," and signed in full below, "Albert Einstein, 1936.” Beautifully double-matted and framed to an overall size of 17.5 x 21. In very good to fine condition, with some light spotty silvering, and trimming to the mount and top of the photo itself (matted out, so as to display in very fine condition).

Photographed countless times during his three decades in the public eye, Einstein almost always appeared as he was on a day-to-day basis: wild hair, a sweater or casual suit, and a lively, mischievous expression on his face. This image, taken by New York socialite and photographer Sophie Delar in 1935, is the exception. Dressed to the nines in his finest tuxedo, hair (somewhat) under control, with a slightly subdued smirk on his face, the celebrity scientist takes on the dignified air of a world-renowned intellectual in his only known formal portrait. Extremely rare in such an imposing size, this is an ideal autographed photograph of Albert Einstein.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: August 24 - September 25

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