EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955. Passport Photograph Signed ("Albert Einstein, 30. V. 35, Bermuda") 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in, Bermuda, 30 May, 1935.
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EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955.
Passport Photograph Signed ("Albert Einstein, 30. V. 35, Bermuda") 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in, Bermuda, 30 May, 1935.
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

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EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955. Passport Photograph Signed ("Albert Einstein, 30. V. 35, Bermuda") 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in, Bermuda, 30 May, 1935.
EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955.
Passport Photograph Signed ("Albert Einstein, 30. V. 35, Bermuda") 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in, Bermuda, 30 May, 1935.
Provenance: presented by Albert Einstein to Louise Henderson (nee Day).
WITH: Signed and inscribed bifoliate autograph leaf "Albert Einstein, 1935 Bermuda" with a short sentiment in German signed by his son in law Dmitri Marianoff on the facing page.

Striking portrait of Albert Einstein, a retained portrait taken for Einstein's US citizenship application, "Declaration of Intention" and given to the granddaughter of the owner of the Roseacre Guest House in Bermuda. In 1935 "the Einsteins, Margot and Dukas had decided Princeton would be their permanent home, they wanted to become American citizens. To do so, they had to apply while living abroad. They chose Bermuda, sailing there on the Queen Mary, and were met at Hamilton by the governor and mayor of the island. The governor gave Elsa the name of two luxury hotels, both of which Einstein vetoed on sight. So they walked to the other side of the town, where they saw a modest cottage advertising rooms to let. 'We will go in there,' Einstein said 'I like the place" (Brian p 278). The modest cottage was the Roseacre Guest House operated by Mary and Ludwig Johnson. Einstein, his son in law Marianoff and other members of the Einstein party stayed at the Guest House. Both signed Louise Day's autograph book. In addition Einstein gave her this signed photograph. Einstein returned to the USA on June 3, 1935. He became US citizen in 1940. See Denis Brian, Einstein, A Life New York, 1996, p 278-279.
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