The innovative mind that transformed an industry, Steve Jobs is among the linchpins of the personal computer revolution. Co-founding Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, Jobs would help bring personal computing to consumers across the world before his departure in 1985. Jobs continued his ventures in the world of technology – founding NeXT Inc. and becoming a shareholder of Pixar. Following his return, Apple made a comeback with a new brand image and revolutionary products – including the iPhone. Now, more than ten years after his death in 2011, Apple has become a worldwide enterprise and is still releasing streamlined products.
RR Auction is the go-to auction for Jobs and Apple memorabilia, with auction prices often reaping far more than projected. Unlucky for collectors, Jobs was not in the habit of signing autographs, but RR has offered many examples of his sought-after signature. Signed checks, company documents, and letters are just a few examples of our offerings.
Holding the title of RR’s most successful Jobs offering is an Apple II manual signed and inscribed by the iconic founder – which sold for $787,484. The Apple II put the company on the map, bringing the luxury of personal computers to over 6 million homes and businesses. In his inscription Jobs writes, “Julian, Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world! steven jobs, 1980.” The recipient of this autograph was Julian Brewer, son of entrepreneur Mike Brewer who became the first Managing Director of Apple computer (UK) Ltd. He recalls the visit from Jobs and Apple’s Angel Investor Mike Markkula when he was a teenager, “I was sitting in my bedroom writing games on my Apple II when Dad called me down to meet some guests. To my amazement it was Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula. I had the manual with me and only later understood how rare it was for Jobs to sign anything.” Jobs’s sentiment was prophetic, as moguls like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos would establish their success after growing up in the era of personal computers.
The prototype that started it all – Steve Jobs’s personal Apple I prototype piqued the interest of our tech collectors (and earned lots of bids!). Hand-soldered by Steve Wozniak, the duo presented this very circuit board to demonstrate the Apple I’s features to Paul Terrell. Terrell was the owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, and it was during this meeting that the company’s trajectory shifted. Originally developed as a do-it-yourself kit for hobbyists, Terrell agreed to sell the computers if they were fully-assembled – leading to Apple’s first big computer order. This original board resided in the infamous Apple garage for several years before Steve Jobs gifted it to the consignor. After being sent to the auction block in 2022, this piece realized $677,196.
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