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The top lot was a gold necklace featuring an emerald from one of Musk’s father’s mines.

A collection of photos and memorabilia from Elon Musk’s college years sold for $165,000 at Boston’s RR Auction. The objects came from the collection of Jennifer Gwynne, who dated the Tesla CEO from 1994 to 1995, while they were undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania.

The top lot was a gold necklace Musk gave to Gwynne that fetched $51,000. The piece features an emerald gemstone that came from a Zambian mine owned by Musk’s father, Errol Musk. It was accompanied by a pair of photos of the couple, one with Musk’s mother, the other with friends and fellow resident advisors dressed for a formal event.

“I wore the necklace for a number of years on and off, but it’s mostly been in my jewelry box for the last 10 years (always reminding me of Elon, of course),” Gwynne told RR Auction.

The majority of the lots consigned by Gwynne to the “Fine Autograph and Artifacts” sale, which ended on Thursday, were photos of the technology entrepreneur during their college days.

A 14-karat gold necklace with an emerald given by Elon Musk to his college girlfriend, Jennifer Gwynne. Photo courtesy of RR Auction, Boston.

A 14-karat gold necklace with an emerald given by Elon Musk to his college girlfriend, Jennifer Gwynne. It sold for $51,000 at auction. Photo courtesy of RR Auction, Boston.

Of the 18 snapshots, the most expensive was a playful shot of Musk lying on the floor, feet up on a dorm room desk, mugging for the camera, which went for $21,900. The auction house had estimated each print at just $100, but even the cheapest, an over-exposed snap of Musk in profile, behind the wheel of a car, brought in $1,255. Other photos were taken during trips to visit each other’s families in Rhode Island and Toronto.

The only other Musk item for sale was a birthday card he had signed, for which an enthusiastic bidder paid $16,643. The note inside affectionately refers to Gwynne as “Boo-Boo,” and is signed “Love, Elon.”

Gwynne, who had not been in touch with her ex-boyfriend for many years, was inspired to put her keepsakes of their relationship on the block after seeing that Musk’s old bluebook exam and a course paper he graded and signed while working as a T.A. sold for $7,750 at RR Auction in December.

This photo of Elon Musk in college, consigned by his ex-girlfriend, sold for $21,889 at auction. Photo courtesy of RR Auction, Boston.

This photo of Elon Musk in college, consigned by his ex-girlfriend, sold for $21,889 at auction. Photo courtesy of RR Auction, Boston.

Many of Musk’s romantic relationships over the years have appeared in the news. He has two children, two-year-old X Æ A-12, and nine-month-old Exa Dark Sideræl, with Canadian singer Grimes, but the two broke up for a second time earlier this year. Musk is also rumored to have had an affair in December at Art Basel Miami Beach with Nicole Shanahan, wife of Google cofounder Sergey Brin, leading the couple to file for divorce. Musk has denied the story.

Breakups are hard. Especially when your ex ends up becoming one of the most rich and powerful men in the world. But at least then you can sell off his old things for a profit, as Elon Musk’s former girlfriend is doing now. 

Jennifer Gwynne, who dated the now Tesla CEO while they were students at the University of Pennsylvania between 1994 and 1995, is selling personal items in an online sale at the Boston-based RR Auction, which is open now through tomorrow.

For the taking are 18 photographs, a signed birthday card, and a gold necklace that Musk gave to Gwynne. The necklace, which is currently bid at $8,800, may be of special interest to those who know a little about Musk’s family history, because it contains an emerald from the Zambian mine owned by Errol Musk, Elon’s father who made the family’s wealth as a South African property developer and miner. 

The top price as of Tuesday afternoon is for a birthday card addressed to Gwynne, “aka Boo-Boo,” and signed “Love, Elon.” It currently has 24 bids, topping out at $12,000.

A screenshot of an Elon Musk photo, part of a batch of mementos that his ex-girlfriend has placed on auction.Source: RR Auction

A screenshot of an Elon Musk photo, part of a batch of mementos that his ex-girlfriend has placed on auction.Source: RR Auction

According to Gwynne, some of the photos were taken during the couple’s trip to Canada to meet his family, who were then living in Toronto, and pictures from a trip to Rhode Island, where they visited Gwynne’s family in 1994. 

In other photos, a twentysomething Musk appears cuddling with Gynne, standing at Niagara Falls, and hanging out with friends in a dormitory. The highest-priced is a photo of Musk slouched at a computer in a messy room, with a bottle of lotion and laundry detergent on the desk, currently bid at $2,900.

A screenshot of an Elon Musk photo, part of a batch of mementos that his ex-girlfriend has placed on auction.Source: RR Auction

A screenshot of an Elon Musk photo, part of a batch of mementos that his ex-girlfriend has placed on auction.Source: RR Auction

Gwynne told the TV show Inside Edition that she decided to sell the items in order to raise money for her step-son’s college tuition. She had seen headlines of another auction at RR that sold an old assignment graded by Elon while he was a teaching assistant for more than $7,000.

RR has a history of technology-themed sales, having also sold Steve Jobs’s first Apple-1 prototype in August for almost $680,000.

Pehaps a nugget of Carrie Bradshaw wisdom is useful to consider: “Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back.” 

For Gywnne, maybe that anchor just need to be sold to the highest bidder. 

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