Lot #105
Elon Musk Original Photograph (1994)

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Estimate: $100+


Original color glossy 3.5 x 5 candid photo of Elon Musk posing with a friend—and a Siberian Husky—during his 1994 winter break in Canada. In very fine condition.

Musk was 23 and a senior at the University of Pennsylvania when this picture was taken by Musk’s girlfriend, Jennifer Gwynne, who he began dating in the fall semester of the 1994-1995 school year when they both lived and worked as Resident Advisors (RAs) in the ‘Spruce Street’ part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Quadrangle dorm. In 1995, after graduating from Penn with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School, Musk migrated to Stanford University where had been accepted into the school's Ph.D. program in materials science. He left after two days to join the Internet boom and launch his first startup.

According to Gwynne: ‘This picture is of another Penn student who met up with us in Canada over the 1994 Christmas holiday. I don’t remember his name, but he was a Chinese national, and Elon shared some engineering classes with him. Elon was very fond of him.’

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #643 - Ended September 14, 2022