Lot #102
Elon Musk Original Photograph (1994)

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Estimate: $100+


Original color glossy 5 x 3.5 candid photo of Elon Musk, as viewed from the back, looking over at Niagara Falls in 1994. In very fine condition.

This photo, which pictures Musk as a 23-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania, was taken by his 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: ‘On the way back from Canada during the 1994 holidays, we made a quick stop at Niagara Falls. I think we were very illegally parked so we just jumped out and took a picture.’

Auction Info

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