A Macintosh floppy disk signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold at auction for many thousands of dollars more than expected.
This is terribly ironic considering Jobs helped kill the floppy disk by pulling disk readers out of Apple laptops and desktops. Now his signature resulted in one of the most expensive disks ever.
Steve Jobs signatures are rare
Last night, RR Auction sold: “Macintosh System Tools Version 6.0 floppy disk, signed in black felt tip, ‘steve jobs.’ In fine condition, with slight brushing to the ink.”
This is a rare item because Jobs rarely signed memorabilia, even when asked. “Jobs was a reluctant signer, always maintaining that Apple was a team effort,” said Daniel Wade, of Palo Fraser Collectibles.
That rarity was reflected in the selling price for the signed 3.5-inch disk. RR Auction put an estimate of $7,500 on the value, but this piece of memorabilia went for a whopping $84,115.
Still, that amount pales in comparison to the $477,670 (371,250 pounds) paid for a rare Apple-1 with original documentation sold at Christie’s this spring. An Apple-1 sold for $815,000 in a charity auction back in 2015.
Still, this most recent sale shows that the market for Apple memorabilia is going strong.