Albert Einstein turned 72 on March 14, 1951, and a ceremony was held for him at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where he worked. Since the journalists knew the sour jokes that the genius always played, they waited for him when he went out. At that time, a photo of Einstein was taken and it became an icon around the world.
Under what circumstances was the photo taken?
Einstein always liked responding to reporters with sour comments about the world, but he got tired and didn’t want to be besieged by the paparazzi. That day he had no way of avoiding the photos in the limousine that brought him with the director of the institute and his wife.
Annoyed that they wouldn’t leave him alone, the brilliant science teacher stuck his tongue out at reporters. The picture was taken by photographer Arthur Sasse and viewed by millions of people around the world. This photo became Einstein’s most iconic, honoring his irreverent fame.
It is a famous photo in world advertising
Today, after 70 years, the photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue is part of advertising, t-shirts, key chains and thousands of other products. Based on this photo, cartoons, cartoons and many applications have been created. Break records of uses given to an old photo.
This week the photo of Sasse, who was a photographer at United Press International, is up for auction in Los Angeles. The auction takes place in the Westlicht Gallery. They also plan to raise up to nearly $ 44,000 for this.
After celebrating his birthday with which his colleagues at the institute entertained him, Einstein stoically posed for reporters. When he got into the limo, Sasse seemed to ask for a photo. He asked for a smile, but Einstein seemed to find it out of place and stuck his tongue out at him. Sasse was quick enough to snap the coolest photo of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
A photo that became a symbol
The printed original image measures 15.8 x 14.5 centimeters. On the back of the photo is the date of publication in the press, dated March 16, 1951. It is irrefutable evidence that the original was made just two days after the picture was taken. In the original picture, the director of the Frank Aydelotte Institute appears in the limousine, Marie Jeanette’s wife and Albert Einstein in the middle.
The photo is more valuable because the original has not been trimmed and is also in excellent condition. Einstein also appears with disheveled hair, which made him famous as an absent professor. Today the famous Einstein photo has become a pop culture icon. The reason is clear, it is the photo of the world’s most famous scientist. He was a mythical being and the photo shows a bit of his sour humor.