Steve Jobs’ teenage job application goes up for auction

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Before he co-founded Apple, Steve Jobs had to apply for jobs like the rest of us.
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Steve Jobs didn’t have to fill in a whole lot of job applications during his life. After founding Apple Computer at 21, Jobs’ name was well enough known that he didn’t have to mail off too many resumes and cover letters. Or have reasons to send them out.

However, one of the rare applications Jobs did complete is coming up for auction. It’s a great piece of memorabilia, even if it will likely set you back a whole lot more than Steve would have ever earned in the role.

Questionnaire
Not typed on a Mac for obvious reasons.
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The single page job application was filled out by Jobs in 1973 when he was 18 years old. Its value comes in not just its historical importance, but also the fact it features an elusive Steve Jobs signature. Jobs famously didn’t like signing autographs, making documents like this particularly rare.

The listing notes that:

“In the questionnaire Steve Jobs highlights his experience with ‘computers and calculators’ and special abilities in ‘electronic tech or design engineer – digital’. The questionnaire is believed to have been completed around the time he dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. A year later he joined Atari as a technician where he worked with Steve Wozniak before they founded Apple in 1976.”

It is in overall good condition, although it has some creasing, a few stains, and some clear tape applied to the top edge. The auction opens February 24, 2021, and runs for one month until March 24. You can find out more information about the bidding here.

A rare piece of Apple memorabilia

Documents such as this don’t come up for auction all that regularly. In this case, however, the document has actually been previously auctioned relatively recently. In February 2018, three years ago, it was also auctioned, ultimately selling for more than $175,000. That was a far cry from the $50,000 it was expected to sell for that time.

Will the seller make a nice return on their 2018 investment or will it earn closer to the $50,000 it was projected to sell for in 2018? We’ll keep you updated.

What is the best bit of Apple memorabilia you own? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Chesterfields