Lot #108
Elon Musk Original Photograph (1994)

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Estimate: $100+


Original color glossy 5 x 3.5 candid photo of Elon Musk having a drink on a couch with his girlfriend, Jennifer Gwynne, at his brother Kimbal’s student apartment at Queen’s University in late 1994. In very fine condition.

Musk and Gwynne 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: ‘Over Christmas break of 1994, Elon invited me to up to Canada to meet his family and spend the holidays with them. Our first stop was to visit his brother, Kimbal, who was studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Elon had studied at Queen’s University before transferring to Penn in Philadelphia. After Queen’s University, we headed to his mom’s (Maye Musk) lovely apartment in Toronto. This picture was taken at Kimbal’s student college house that he shared with several other guys. Oh, this place was so nasty college gross; looked like it had never been cleaned and all the guys had padlocks on their door when they were out. We were having drinks before heading out to a formal holiday party. I was initially nervous because I didn’t have anything to wear. But Kimbal’s female friends were very kind and lent me a dress.'

Auction Info

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