Job Application of Steve Jobs From 1973 Sold for More Than $174K

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According to RR Auction, the gavel has been dropped, and a job application that was filled out by Steve Jobs, the tech mogul, way back in 1973 has been sold for a whopping $174,757 (roughly £125,416, AU$226,376).

The said application for an unspecified position at an unspecified company reveals a young man who appears to be a far cry from a future co-founder of Apple.

Under the address, Jobs hand-wrote “reed college” (lowercase). He did not capitalize his major, “english, lit,” either. When asked regarding access to transportation, Jobs wrote, “possible, but not probable.” Under the “Special Abilities” portion, he wrote “electronics tech or design engineer. digital.-from Bay near Hewitt-Packard” — he misspelled Hewlett-Packard. Less surprisingly, Jobs noted that his skills involve calculators and computers.

Jobs filled out the said application after dropping out of Reed College briefly following his enrollment for the fall semester of 1972. He stuck around the Portland, Oregon, campus for around a year and a half to audit courses on dance, Shakespeare, and calligraphy eventually completing the said application.

The selling price of the said job application marks quite an increase from when it was last auctioned off by Bonhams last December for $18,750. When it went up for bidding once more with RR Auction, it was estimated to be worth over $50,000. It was sold for more than three times that price.

The executive vice president at RR Auction, Bobby Livingston, said that those who placed a bid on the said application included successful internet company owners and entrepreneurs who grew up admiring Apple and Steve Jobs.

“The document to them resonates emotionally about who Steve Jobs was,” stated Livingston. “Here he was with nothing, and now he’s one of the most important people in the 20th century.”

Livingston said that the application is the highest-selling item that is related to Steve Jobs that the auction house has been able to sell. While he is excited regarding the result, he says that he cannot help feeling emotional knowing that handwritten applications such as this are something that we will lose in the digital age — thanks to the advancements that are brought on by Jobs himself.

He stated: “There are personality traits in his handwriting that because of him and autocorrect, we’re going to lose.”

The auction ran from the 8th to the 15th of March. It included other items that are related to Apple such as a Mac OS X technical manual that was signed by Jobs in 2001, which was sold for $41,806. A signed newspaper clipping from way back 2008 about Jobs talking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that was sold for $26,950. The said items also surpassed their estimated values of over $25,000 and $15,000, respectively.

This is not the first time that memorabilia of Steve Jobs has done well at an auction. Last October, a magazine that was signed by Jobs was sold for more than $50,000. Also, a signed contract from way back 1978 was sold for $40,000 four years ago. Some of the personal items of Steve Jobs, including electric razors and bathrobes, have also gone up for bidding previously. His leather jacket was sold for $22,400.

Livingston stated: “Past generations might have collected The Beatles, but in the last ten years, we’ve seen a huge growth in our technology auctions.

“There’s a market developing for Steve Jobs and other late-century icons of technology.”

The bidder who won the signed job application is an anonymous internet entrepreneur who is from London.