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Missing Tesla related items

We need your help

By Dr. Ljubo Vujovic,

Professor Jasmina Vujic and Dr. Mihailo Rundo


Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the great inventor and scientist, is among the 100 most famous people of the last 1,000 years.  Tesla is one of the great men who diverted the stream of human history.

There are many Tesla related items which are missing and cannot be found.  Those items are of great historical, scientific, and emotional value. 

The Tesla Memorial Society of New York are asking you, our website visitors and Tesla admirers to give us any information you know about those missing items.


1.  Nikola Tesla Portrait by Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy which was first exhibited in march 1916 at the Princess's studio in New York City.  This portrait measures 48 by 53 inches.  It was sold at auction on April 19, 1924 after the artist's death.  This Nikola Tesla portrait by Princess Vilma Lwoff- Parlaghy appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on July 20, 1931 celebrating Tesla's 75th birthday.


2.  Audio recordings of Tesla's voice and video recordings of Tesla, live-appearance, during his birthday celebration in Hotel New Yorker.

Tesla celebrated his birthdays, on July 10, in grand ballroom of the Hotel New Yorker.  After Tesla's birthday parties, press conferences were followed.


3.  Missing film recordings of Tesla's funeral at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City, January 12, 1943.  A state funeral was held at the Cathedral of Saint John, the Divine, in New York City.  2,000 people paid respect to Tesla.  The Pallbearers was Noble Prize winners.  Telegrams of condolence were received by many notables including the first lady, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice-President Wallace.  The Eulogy was given by Mayor LaGuiadia of New York City over radio.


4.  The Tesla Papers by Charlotte Muzar.


5.  Tesla's Gold Edison Medal.  Tesla received the The Edison Medal in 1916 for his discoveries in "Polyphase and High frequently Electric Currents".  Tesla kept his gold Edison Medal in a safe of his apartment in Hotel New Yorker (Apartment # 3327) on the 33rd floor of the Hotel.  After Tesla was found dead in his apartment on January 7, 1943, his nephew Yugoslav Ambassador Sava Kosanovic and his associates came immediately to Tesla's apartment, they opened Tesla's safe but found the Edison Gold Medal missing.


6.  Tesla's contract with George Westinghouse about Tesla's Polypahse AC Motors and power transmission. 

In December 1887, Tesla filed for US patents in the field of AC motors and electric power transmission.  Those patents covered the complete system that included generators, transformers and transmission lines for long distance electric power transmission.  On May 16, 1888, Nikola Tesla had a lecture at Columbia University with the title "A New System of Alternating Current Motors and Transformers". 

George Westinghouse, inventor of railroad air brakes, learned about Tesla's lecture at the university and came to Tesla's laboratory in New York City offering to buy Tesla's patents for an estimated 1 million dollars.  The contract between Tesla and Westinghouse started the Electrification of America and the world.  In 1893, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Tesla's Polyphase system of electricity supplied power to and lighting to the whole Exposition.  The Exposition was the most spectacular lighting display, at night, that the world had ever seen before.

The Niagara Fall's hydroelectric powerplant was built in 1895 and designed with Tesla's polyphase alternating current.  This was the final victory for alternating current over direct current - a war won for the progress of America and the world.

Electricity today is generated, transmitted and converted to mechanical power by means of Tesla's inventions.  The history of Polyphase of A-C electricity is the history of human progress.