Lot 299: Scarce vintage matte-finish 7.75 x 9.75 close-up portrait of the revered theoretical physicist, signed in black ink, "A. Einstein, 55." Reverse bears a J. M. Hersh, Inc. stamp. In fine condition, with a tiny fleck of emulsion loss to hair and silvering confined to the dark areas of his shirt collar. Accompanied by a copy of an affidavit from the original recipient, Princeton University graduate Andrew J. Robell, in part: "I learned that Albert Einstein lived at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, a short distance from my my freshman dormitory. Early in 1955 (January of February, as I recall) I walked to his house carrying the accompanying photograph of Dr. Einstein and asked that he sign it. He did so and the signed photograph has been a treasured memento continuously in my family's possession ever since." Also accompanied by copies of Robell's official Princeton transcript and diploma. Differing only in its close proximity and Einstein's slightly off-camera focus, this remarkable image depicts the physicist in a near exact pose as the famed Einstein–Orren Jack Turner portrait of 1947—same untamed hair, wistful expression, and button-up sweater. As signed photos of Einstein from the year of his death are virtually nonexistent, this uncommon photo potentially serves as one of the very few remaining examples. ABPC records no signed photos dated from this year in the last 40 years.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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