Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriend Jennifer Gwynne is auctioning off memorabilia from her relationship with the Tesla founder.
Wynne dated the billionaire in 1994 when the two were in their early 20s and attending the University of Pennsylvania. Now she’s auctioning off old photos and personal items from their year-long relationship to raise money for her stepson’s college tuition.
Gwynne, now 48 and based in South Carolina, opened up to Musk about her relationship with Musk Daily Mail on Monday. She explained that their romance was “cute” but not “extremely loving.”
The couple split when Musk moved to Palo Alto in 1995, around the same time he began dating his first wife, Justine Wilson, whom Gwynne claims he saw behind her back.
“We met in the fall of 1994. I was a junior and he was a senior,” Gwynne told the outlet. “We were in the same dorm and worked together.”
“I was first attracted to his shy nature,” she continued. “He used to be my type.”
“He was very intense, very focused on his studies. Back then he was always talking about electric cars,” Gwynne added. “He definitely wanted to go somewhere. He only saw school as a stepping stone.”
Gwynne explained that she had resisted selling some of her Musk memorabilia for years, but decided after seeing how others were making money off their keepsakes of the billionaire that “now was the right time.”
“I’ve had these pictures and the notes for a long, long time,” she said. “But now I’m like, ‘Well, the man can’t stay out of the headlines,’ so.”
Eighteen photographs by Musk are available for purchase at RR Auctions. Some of the images feature a young Musk photographed alone or with friends and Gwynne. The minimum bid for each photo is $100.
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Big ticket items include a signed birthday card from Musk, which is currently priced at $1,331. The card reads, “Happy Birthday Jennifer (aka Boo-Boo) Love, Elon.”
There’s also a one-dollar bill signed by the Tesla CEO that’s priced at $2,200 with 14 bids. Musk also gifted Gwynne a 14k gold necklace with a small green emerald, which is currently priced at $357 across eight bids.
Included with the necklace are two original photos of Musk and Gwynne, one of which shows them visiting New York City with Musk’s mother, Maye. According to the auction website, the emerald necklaces came from Musk’s father’s emerald mine in South Africa.
Gwynne described when she first met Musk’s mother, Toronto, during the 1994 Christmas break.[Maye] was wonderful, very sweet, very kind and really engaged me in conversations. She was wonderful,” Gwynne said. “She came to Philadelphia at the end of the school year and took us to New York to see Tommy on Broadway.”
The auction for each item listed ends on September 14th.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/elon-musks-ex-girlfriend-jennifer-gwynne-auctions-off-early-photos-of-the-billionaire-41933540.html Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriend Jennifer Gwynne is auctioning off early photos of the billionaire