A birthday card Elon Musk gave to his college girlfriend is up for auction and is expected to fetch over $10,000 (AU$14,500) – one of dozens of items up for sale for his girlfriend Ivy leagues.
Jennifer Gwynn, who dated the future billionaire when they both went to the University of Pennsylvania, is auctioning off her personal collection of photographs and souvenirs.
A greeting card Musk gave to Gwynn in December 1995 reads: “Happy birthday Jennifer (aka Boo Boo). With love, Elon.”
The signed card is expected to sell for more than $10,000 (AU$14,500) when the auction ends on Wednesday. New York Post reports.
Gwynn told DailyMail.com that Musk called her “Boo Boo” when he playfully teased her. Another popular commodity, the Musk-signed dollar bill has a top rate of $7,604 (AU$11,000) as of early Monday morning.
There were 26 bids for a picture of Musk sitting at a computer, with the highest bidder willing to fork over $1,355 (1956 USD).
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Gwynn and Musk began dating at an Ivy League school in Philadelphia in the fall of 1994, when they both lived in the same dorm as resident counselors.
Musk, the future entrepreneur who would go on to become the world’s richest man, is pictured in the photos as a 23-year-old who can be playful, affectionate, serious and tech-savvy.
One photo from the collection is placed in a block at RR Auction in Boston shows Mask in Judge Dredd T-shirt that pays homage to the comic book character who inspired the film starring Sylvester Stallone.
In another photo, a smiling Musk lies on the floor with his hands behind his head, while Gwynn photographs him as he looks into the camera with his feet on her lap.
In another photo, Musk shows off a gentle side as he lies on the couch hugging Gwynn, who hugs him.
Musk also visits the sights of Niagara Falls and walks around San Francisco.
Another photo shows him having lunch with four other classmates at a local restaurant.
48-year-old Gwynn told DailyMail.com that she is selling photographs to pay for her stepson’s college education.
Gwynn said that Musk is ambitious and idealistic. She “always knew” that he “would be going somewhere,” she said.
“He was very intense, very focused on his studies,” she said. “Back then he was always talking about electric cars… he was definitely going somewhere.
“He just saw school as a stepping stone.”
She told DailyMail.com that while their relationship was “sweet,” Musk refrained from “PDA” — public displays of affection.
“At first I was drawn to his shy nature,” Gwynn said, adding that “he used to be my type.”
She added, “We were physical when we needed to… but there were no handshakes or anything like that.”
“He liked being together,” Gwynn said. “He just liked having someone with him to support him.”
She is also auctioning off a 14-carat gold necklace that Musk bought her when they visited his mother in Toronto.
Gwynn told DailyMail.com that he originally wanted the necklace to be a Christmas present, but they decided it would be a birthday present instead.
The relationship ended when Musk moved to Palo Alto, California after that semester. Gwynn said that she once visited him in the West, but they decided to end the relationship.
“If we weren’t physically together, that was a problem because he didn’t speak well on the phone,” Gwynn recalled.
“He said, ‘This is a waste of time.’ It was hard, it wasn’t what a 20 year old woman wanted to hear. I was completely in love with him,” she added.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and reproduced with permission