Steve Jobs’s smelly old sandals just sold at auction

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These stinky old Birkenstocks from Steve Jobs's NeXT years sold for a pretty price at auction today.
These stinky old Birkenstocks from Steve Jobs's NeXT years sold for a pretty price at auction today.
Photo: Mark Scheff

An odd assortment of purported artefacts from Steve Jobs’s wilderness years – including a pair of his smelly old sandals – were sold at auction today. And while it’s not entirely clear who bought them, all of the disparate items, dating back to Steve Jobs’s NeXT years, still ended up earning a pretty penny.

There were seven items in all, taken from the personal collection of Mark Sheff, a natural foods chef who also ended up managing Jobs’s Albany, California estate in the 1980s. Sheff told Business Insider:

“Steve was looking for live-in help. We had organic gardening and natural foods cooking experience,” Scheff wrote in an email.

According to Sheff, he acquired the items by collecting them when Jobs threw them out, which was often, because “he kept very few things.”

“We kept some, shared some with the landscapers and friends and brought some to Goodwill. The collection we ended up with is quite random,” Sheff wrote.

The items include a pair of Jobs’s used Birkenstocks, a black NeXT turtleneck, a used Seiko wristwatch, and a group of four lesser items, including a NeXT business card and a vintage Apple pen.

It’s unknown how much each item sold for, although bidding started at $850, and the group of smaller items apparently went up to $3,400.

Anyone else worried whoever won Jobs’s sandals did so because of a fetish for sniffing them?

Source: Business Insider

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  • digitaldumdum

    “Steve Jobs’s smelly old sandals just sold at auction”

    Oh jeeez. What’s •smelly• is knot only leading the article with that photo and details about the sandals, but even including it at all.

    Just one man’s opinion, of course.

  • Mermaid Girl

    What are you saying you simpleton lol