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Lot #98
Elon Musk Original Photograph (1995)

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Original glossy 4 x 5.75 candid photo of Elon Musk in 1995, standing in a kitchen next to an open refrigerator door and opening a carton of orange juice. In very fine condition.

This photo, which pictures Musk as a 23-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania, 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 is a picture of Elon at my mom’s house in North Providence, Rhode Island. We had just arrived from the long drive and were raiding the fridge.’

Auction Info

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