A former UPenn student just sold his homework — graded by Elon Musk in 1995 — for $7,753

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  • College assignments graded by Elon Musk more than 25 years ago just sold for $7,753 at auction.
  • Musk was a teaching assistant at the time at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business.
  • He initialed and marked the papers, commenting “graphic” and deducting points for profanity on one.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO checked off key points in the second paper included in the auction, a case study on a mail-order specialty gardening tool idea, but didn’t leave comments. He also wrote his initials and Thomas’ score on the front of this document.

The papers come with the course syllabus listing Musk as a teaching assistant and a letter from Thomas, in which he describes Musk as “a tough grader.” Thomas also wrote in the letter that he kept the papers as souvenirs out of his “esteem” for late professor Myles Bass, who taught the course. He added that he was surprised when he stumbled upon his notebook from the class this year and found the exam booklet, paper, and syllabus inside.

Thomas told CNN, which previously reported the sale, that he has no specific memories of Musk from the course, saying, “I cannot conjure an image of him being in the class.”

You can view the papers, complete with Musk’s annotations, here.

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