Apple Founder, Steve Jobs’s Error-filled Job Application is Expected to Sell for $50,000 at Auction
A job application which shows an 18-year-old Steve Jobs seeking employment as an “electronics tech or design engineer” is expected to sell for more than $50,000 (approx. 3 Million) . The 1973 application of one page is handwritten and riddled with grammatical errors. It will be sold at Boston, Massachusetts-based auction house RR Auction. The application provides an early glimpse of Jobs’ ambition to work in the emerging tech industry. The application includes his name, “Steven jobs”; address, “reed college”; phone, “none”; and major, “English lit.” In the middle section, Jobs writes “yes” in response to “Driver’s License?” and “possible, but not probable,” in reply to “Access to transportation?” With regard to his skills, next to “Computer” and “Calculator”, he writes, “yes (design, tech).” At the bottom, he describes his “Special Abilities” as “electronics tech or design engineer. digital.—from Bay near Hewitt-Packard [sic]”.
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The application is part of a pop culture auction and will go on sale between March 8 and 15, the auction house said. Jobs worked as a technician for games publisher Atari prior to co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976. In 1980, Jobs took the company public, in a listing on the Nasdaq that raised about $100 million — one of the biggest floats at the time. The company is now worth more than $875 billion. On its website, RR Auction said the application remains in “very good condition, with intersecting folds, overall creasing, light staining, and some old clear tape to the top edge.” It is accompanied with letters of authenticity and bidding runs from March 8 to March 15. The auction house confirmed two other Apple-related items will also go under the hammer: a technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001 that is valued at $25,000 and a signed newspaper clipping from a June 2008 edition of the Palo Alto Daily Post valued at $15,000. “Steve Jobs was a notoriously difficult signer…and his autograph is incredibly scarce among contemporary figures,” RR Auction noted.
The entrepreneur served as the CEO of Apple from 1997 until 2011. He handed over the reins to incumbent CEO Tim Cook in 2011 and was named the chairman. He died later that year, aged 56, of respiratory arrest resulting from the spread of a pancreatic tumor to other organs. During his tenure at Apple, the tech giant created some of its most well-known products, including the Macintosh computer, the iPod, iTunes, and the iPhone.