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Lot #106
Elon Musk Original Photograph (1995)

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Original color glossy 6 x 4 candid photo of Elon Musk as a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 1995, showing him on a hiking trail high above a foggy San Francisco Bay. In very 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.

According to Gwynne: ‘From my post-London study abroad visit to San Francisco in the summer of 1995…Things for us weren’t going very well during this visit. Elon was not very good at a long-distance relationship. Talking on the phone seemed like a waste of time to him—NOT what a 20-year-old woman wants to hear. We broke up soon after I left San Francisco and headed back home to Rhode Island. I’ll go on the record that it was a mutual breakup, as I honestly don’t remember getting dumped.’

Auction Info

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