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1951 Albert Einstein Famous Signed Photograph

Starting Bid - $3,500.00, Sold For - $14,950.00

Perhaps the finest Albert Einstein signed photograph in existence. It has been said eccentricity is a necessity of brilliance, and no one has played up that public perception quite like the twentieth century's greatest mind, Albert Einstein. From his unkempt hair to his disheveled clothes, the great physicist was happy to entertain the media's portrayal of him as the mad and eccentric scientist. Nowhere is that sense of whimsy more in evidence than in this classic 1951 photograph of Einstein mugging for the camera. Perhaps it is the stark contrast to the humorless, intellectual persona we equate with such genius that has caused this image to be so firmly ingrained in the consciousness of our popular culture. Or perhaps this image represents the conflicts between the dispassionate world of science, and the unquantifiable emotional elements of humanity. Whatever the case, this very human and lighthearted photo strikes a cultural chord, and has left a lasting impression. This is the single most famous photograph ever taken of Albert Einstein. When reproduced, this photograph is always cropped to allow only the image of his portrait to be seen. It is fascinating to note that this rare original print allows the entire image to be seen as it was taken, presenting Einstein from the waist up, as opposed to just his portrait, and including his companions. The photograph is signed in the white margin to the left "A. Einstein. 51" ("9"). Magnificently signed and dated by Einstein, this is the ultimate Albert Einstein signed photograph. Even an unsigned original example of this photograph is an extreme rarity, and would have significant value in the world of photography. A simply stunning and spectacular signed original photo of the single most famous image of the great Albert Einstein. The photo image measures 7 x 9.75 inches. Beautifully framed to total dimensions of 17.5 x 21 inches. Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $3,500. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $14,950.00

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