If you’re a fan of rare Apple memorabilia, how about this for a collector’s piece: the first ever AAPL stock certificate given to Steve Jobs after Apple went public in 1980.
Yours for the house-remortgaging price of $195,000, this genuine slice of tech history reportedly hung on Jobs’ office wall at Apple until he left/was booted out of the company in 1985.
Leaving without clearing out his office, CEO John Sculley ordered that Jobs’ possessions be disposed of if he wasn’t coming back to get them. Fortunately, the certificate was rescued by a smart (is there any other kind?) Apple employee, who held onto it for the next few decades.
Gary Zimet, chief executive of the company Moments in Time — which has put the certificate up for sale — notes that documents signed by Steve Jobs are rare. One letter from Apple’s early days, addressed to former Apple co-founder Ron Wayne, sold at Sotheby’s in 2011 for $1.5 million.
In other words, this iconic document could actually be underpriced, although that seems a particularly dangerous tact to argue with your significant other when it comes to the subject of house repayments vs. old stock certificate.
If you do have $195k burning a hole in your pocket, however, you can check out the certificate right here.