Now you can buy a piece of Elon Musk’s college past, including photos of him having fun and a signed birthday card he gave to an ex-girlfriend.
RR Auction, a Boston-based company, is currently auctioning off several Musk items on behalf of Jennifer Gwynne, who dated Musk, the Tesla TSLA,
chief executive and one of the richest people in the world, when they attended the University of Pennsylvania together in the mid-1990s. The auction ends Wednesday.
The item that gets the most attention is the birthday card, which was sent by Musk to Gwynne, with Musk even referring to her by the pet name “Boo-Boo.” As of Monday morning, the card had received 23 bids, with the latest crossing into five-figure territory at $10,001 (the pre-auction estimate was over $10,000). In a separate RR auction listing, a $1 bill signed by Musk attracted bids over $7,000.
But by contrast, many of Gwynne’s Musk memorabilia cost less than $500, including a number of photographs that show a younger — and decidedly carefree — Musk. A photo of Musk hugging Gwynne received just five offers as of midday Monday morning, the latest at $148.
According to Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, Gwynne contacted the auction house in part because RR managed to sell another Musk item last year, namely a set of items rated by him. in his role as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. . These papers cost $7,753.
Livingston says the appeal of anything related to Musk is obvious: He’s an important figure in our world. But at the same time, Livingston notes, there’s a lack of personal Musk gear available for those who want to collect such things.
“You just don’t see much of it,” Livingston says.
Which may explain why Gwynne seizes the opportunity to cash in some college photos and an old birthday card. But in her case, there’s a more pressing reason: She’s hoping to raise money to help pay for her stepson’s tuition, according to RR Auction. In that sense, she’s not unlike many Americans who are dealing with the rising costs of higher education, even at a time when President Biden offered $10,000 to $20,000 in financial aid to those with federal student loan debt.
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MarketWatch reached out to Gwynne for comment via RR Auction, but an auction house spokesperson said she was not immediately available. MarketWatch also contacted Musk through Tesla and social media, but did not receive an immediate response.
Musk isn’t the only tech titan whose personal memorabilia ends up at auction. ComicConnect, a New York-based auction house specializing in comic books and baseball cards, will sell a signed Mark Zuckerberg Little League card later this month. The article is from long before Zuckerberg’s Facebook META,
days – this is actually from Zuckerberg’s childhood, when he played with a youth baseball team.