Sunday, June 21, 2009

Iconic Einstein Photo Sells For $74K

Just like Elvis, Einstein's memorabilia still fetches a lot of money half a century after his death.

The iconic, signed photo of Einstein sticking his tongue out was sold for more than $74,000 at an auction. In the short news article, I found out the circumstances surrounding that photo that I didn't know about.

Einstein had nine prints made. He signed the print that was auctioned on Thursday and gave it to journalist Howard K. Smith.

In his inscription, Einstein said his gesture was aimed at all of humanity. Livingston says it also was aimed at the Red Scare and the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings of the 1950s.

I guess he was defiant till the end.


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