Collector Pays $74,000 For Einstein's Mug That iconic portrait of silliness — Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue to photographers — fetched a record price at auction this week. A New York collector paid $74,000 for the photo.

Collector Pays $74,000 For Einstein's Mug

Collector Pays $74,000 For Einstein's Mug

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That iconic portrait of silliness — Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue to photographers — fetched a record price at auction this week. A New York collector paid $74,000 for the photo.

GUY RAZ, host:

There's another piece of art that made news this week. You know that photograph of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out at the camera? One of the original prints was just sold to collector David Waxman of Great Neck, New York, for nearly $75,000, the most ever paid for a shot of Einstein. That photo was snapped by a UPI photographer in 1951 at a birthday party for Einstein.

The professor was so enamored of the picture that he ordered up a handful of prints for himself. The one that Waxman just bought was signed by Einstein and inscribed to newsman Howard K. Smith, who was critical of Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist crusade. The inscription reads, quote, "The civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare. Your loyal and grateful listener, A. Einstein, '53."

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