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The oldest copy of Einstein’s sticking out his tongue is auctioned

Vienna / The oldest printed copy of the iconic photograph of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue, published in 1951, will be auctioned off next Friday by the Viennese gallery Westlicht, which hopes to raise between 15,000 and 18,000 euros for it.

The photo, taken by reporter Arthur Sasse, 15.8 by 14.5 centimeters, bears on its reverse a sticker from its publication in the press, with “International News Photos” as credit and dated March 16, 1951, Westlicht reports this Tuesday in a statement.

According to the gallery, this reverse “proves that the impression was made only two days after the photograph was taken. Therefore, it is the first press impression of the best-known photograph of the 20th century. ”

The newspaper clipping (on the back) with the image of the genius who formulated the theory of relativity is titled “Einstein’s Fun”, and a brief explanation of how the photo was taken.

Albert Einstein, a famous scientist, gave this answer when a photographer asked for his photo at his seventy-second birthday celebration in Princeton, N.J. Laughter immediately followed, but the alert cameraman captured the initial pose, ”reads the caption.

One of the “most iconic” photographs

The famous snapshot is the work of reporter Arthur Sasse, the only one of a group of photographers who managed to capture the image of Einstein when he, when leaving his celebration of his 72nd birthday at the Princeton Club in New York, responded to the request of graphic journalists sticking their tongues out from the back seat of a car.

“The result was one of the most iconic photographs in the world and one of the most reproduced and imitated themes,” highlights Westlicht.

“Einstein himself was so enthusiastic about this photo that he quickly gave him the image of the ‘crazy professor’ who ordered nine copies to send to his friends as greeting cards,” the note added. (May 6, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)


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