Lot #184
Albert Einstein

Likely one-of-a-kind signed candid of Einstein at CalTech in 1932, chosen by Elsa for an admirer
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Estimate: $5000+


Likely one-of-a-kind signed candid of Einstein at CalTech in 1932, chosen by Elsa for an admirer

Outstanding vintage matte-finish 4.5 x 6.75 photo of Einstein with a pipe in hand at CalTech, neatly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Miss Cecilia H. Walker, Albert Einstein, Pasadena 1932.” In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, and light silvering to the upper left background area. Accompanied by a transmittal letter in German signed by his wife, "Elsa Einstein," on California Institute of Technology letterhead, February 9, 1932, apologizing for a card lost amongst piles of paper, in part (translated): "Every day we receive stacks of letters and letters asking for autographs…As a small replacement, I hereby send you a picture with a signature, I think you have made a good exchange." A superb, most likely one-of-a-kind signed photograph of the genius.

Einstein served as a researcher and visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology for three winter terms in 1931, 1932, and 1933. Hitler's rise to power in Einstein's native Germany in January 1933 forced him to cut all ties with his homeland, and he decided to settle permanently in the United States. He took a position at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in late 1933, deciding to reside in New Jersey.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #604 - Ended March 10, 2021

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