Handwritten Steve Jobs document fails to sell at auction

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A section of the Steve Jobs Apple-1 spec sheet, with two Polaroids.
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A vintage handwritten spec sheet in which Steve Jobs called the Apple-1 motherboard a “great deal” has failed to sell at auction.

The document, written in the mid-1970s, was up for auction as part of Bonham’s “History of Science and Technology, Including Space History” collection. Its asking price was $60,000. However, the bidding “only” reached up to $28,000, thereby failing to meet its reserve. A couple of historical Apple items did sell, but for less than expected.

Macworld mag signed by Steve Jobs goes up for auction

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Not everyone gets Steve Jobs to give an autograph.
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A piece of a well-known story about Steve Jobs’ disdain for giving autographs goes on the auction block Thursday.

At the 2006 opening of an Apple Store in New York City, the Apple co-founder initially refused the request of a man in a wheelchair who had hoped Jobs would sign his copy of the premiere issue of Macworld magazine.

Jobs, according to witnesses, was joking when he said no. He eventually acquiesced and signed the magazine, “To Matt” followed by “steven jobs.” (He rarely used capital letters when signing his name.)

You could soon be the proud owner of Steve Jobs’ toilet

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150 items come from Jobs' former home in Woodside, California.
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Do you want to own a chandelier that once belonged to Steve Jobs? How about a Jobs-owned thermostat, originally made in 1925? Or a silver-plated tea spoon? Or, heck, even Jobs’ old toilet? These, and roughly 146 more possessions, could soon be going up for auction.

At least, if some members of the Woodside town council, the small incorporated town in San Mateo County, where Steve Jobs once had a home, get their way.

Working Apple-1 sells to mystery buyer for $375,000

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The computer sold to a mystery buyer online.
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A rare working Apple-1 computer, one of just 200 built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976, has sold at auction for $375,000.

The computer is thought to be just one of only around 15 Apple-1 models still in working order. The auction took place in Boston, MA, on Tuesday. The buyer was an “anonymous businessman,” who placed his bid online.

Bid now for an original Beta copy of the iconic 1984 Mac ad

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Own a piece of Apple history.
Photo: Brent Thomas

Want to own a genuine rare piece of Apple history? Up for auction right now is an original Beta cassette dub from 1983, containing two different edits of Ridley Scott’s iconic “Nineteen Eighty-Four” Macintosh commercial.

The tape is signed by the ad’s late art director Brent Thomas. It came from his estate, and is a pre-Super Bowl dub of the same original master tape seen by the Apple executive board. They absolutely hated it!

18-year-old Steve Jobs’ job application sells for big bucks

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Before Steve was, well, this guy, he was a teenager with no phone, no car, and no job.
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A job application filled out by 18-year-old Steve Jobs in 1973 has sold at auction for $174,757 — significantly more than the $50,000 it was expected to raise.

The application reminds us the there was once a time when Jobs was just a regular kid with no employment, no phone, and no car. You know, before he became the billionaire head of the world’s most exciting tech company!

Steve Jobs job application hits auction block for $50,000

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Jobs during the early days of Apple.
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Steve Jobs probably never had to fill out a job application after founding Apple Computer Inc., but if you want proof that he was once some regular Joe, one of his last job applications is up for auction.

A signed copy of Steve’s job application is expected to fetch as much as $50,000 at an auction next month. The document is a single 8.5 x 11-inch paper questionnaire filled out in Steve’s own handwriting.

Take a look at the full document:

Steve Jobs’ ‘phone-phreaking’ blue box is going up for auction

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This is an ultra-rare piece of unofficial Apple history.
Photo: Bonhams

What was the first gadget Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ever manufactured and sold? No, we’re not talking about the Apple-1, but rather the “blue box,” a device which allowed users to make free long-distance phone calls by reproducing specific dial tones.

One such device is up for auction this month, where it is expected to sell for upwards of $67,400. That’s roughly 67 brand new iPhone X handsets if you want to do the math!

$800,000 might snag you Apple’s first computer

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The Apple-1 was Apple's debut computer.
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Ever wanted to get hold of Apple’s rarest computer, and have enough cash to purchase a good-sized family home in many parts of the U.S. to buy it with? Then you may be interested in CharityBuzz’s new auction for one of the very first Apple-1 computers ever built.

Originally owned by a friend and associate of Steve Wozniak, Adam Schoolsky, the Apple-1 in question is one of less than 60 believed to still in existence.

Modified Apple-1 will go up for auction later this month

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Have a spare $500k sitting around? This could be yours.
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A working Apple-1 computer will go under the hammer at a Christie’s auction later this month, with an estimated value of between $300,000 and $500,000.

Not only is the Apple-1 motherboard one of relatively few working units still in existence in 2017, but it also includes some unusual modifications by its original owner — with the original 4K of RAM boosted up to a whopping total of 12K.