Iconic Photo of Albert Einstein Sold for $125K

Albert Einstein

In recent years, a number of iconic pieces in pop culture have hit the auction block. Just recently, an iconic original photograph of Albert Einstein sold for a staggering $125,000 USD.

As you can see, the photo features the legendary physicist sticking out his tongue at the camera.

It was taken on March 14, 1951 by photographer Arthur Sasse, shortly after Einstein’s 72nd birthday at The Princeton Club. The image was also signed by Einstein himself, who ordered nine copies to share with friends.

Albert Einstein auction

“Photo was snapped on 14 March 1951 by Arthur Sasse, a UPI photographer whose employers were at first hesitant about publishing the iconoclastic image of Einstein; when they did, Einstein was so amused by it that he ordered several prints to give out to close friends. This image is unlike most which crop the photo to show only Einstein. Here, the photo is shown in its full context with Einstein seated between Dr. Frank Aydelotte, head of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, and Aydelotte’s wife, after celebrating his birthday at the Princeton Club. Photo is signed along the left margin ”A. Einstein .51”, indicating he signed the image shortly after it was taken. Photo measures 7” x 10”. Very good to near fine condition. Extraordinarily rare photo signed by Einstein, the most famous and beloved image of him.”