Albert Einstein will forever be etched in the memories of the coming generations with the particular photograph that has actually achieved an iconic status. Yes, we are referring to the one of the great scientist with his tongue sticking out. Well, New Hampshire auction company has just sold it for a huge $74,330 at a grand auction making the pic to be most expensive Einstein pic ever to be sold.
Photographer Arthur Sasse should be given the credit for capturing this quirky mood of the scientist way back in 1951 at his birthday celebration in Princeton. We are told that Sasse was trying to convince Einstein to pose for a pic but the scientist stuck out his tongue instead. Again, later Einstein ordered 9 copies of this pic and even signed one for news anchor Howard K. Smith with a message: “This gesture you will like, because it is aimed at all of humanity. A civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare. Your loyal and grateful listener, A. Einstein ’53.”
The pic is symbolic because it gives us a sneak peak in the McCarthysim that had enveloped the USA that even required scientists to report on their colleagues. The photograph has been purchased by David Waxman of NY.