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Lot #91
Elon Musk Original Photograph

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Original color glossy 5.75 x 4 candid photo of Elon Musk as a 23-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, showing him happily wearing a Judge Dredd t-shirt in a fourth-floor study hall in one of the Quad towers. In fine condition.

The photo was originally 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.

Musk’s appreciation for the Judge Dredd character and franchise was humorously revived last November when Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space company lost its lawsuit against NASA, in which it claimed the space agency's decision to award a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX was ‘unfair’ and demonstrated favoritism towards SpaceX. Musk responded on Twitter with a meme of actor Karl Urban as Dredd saying: ‘You have been judged!’

Auction Info

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