Magazine autographed by Steve Jobs sells at auction for over $50,000

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A 1988 copy of Newsweek signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold for $50,587 in an auction this week, more than tripling estimates set by auction house RR Auction.




The Newsweek magazine was put up for sale under consignment by Diane Williams of Escondido, Calif., with an initial asking price of $1,000, reports CNET.

Williams procured the autograph at the unveiling of the NeXT computer in Cambridge, Mass., in October 1988. At the time, she was working as a senior buyer for Lotus Development Corp., later known as Lotus Software until IBM discontinued the brand in 2013.

She approached Jobs and asked if he would sign her copy of Newsweek, which featured a cover story on Jobs' turn in the computer industry, he said, "I don't do autographs." According to Williams, she asked him to "write something from your heart ." Jobs smiled, grabbed the magazine, writing, "I love manufacturing." He underlined "love" and added his signature above the missive.

"It was like time stood still," Williams told CNET in an interview.

Jobs famously disliked handing out autographs, and was known to refuse requests to sign items presented to him by his considerably large fanbase. Thus, autographs from the tech guru are exceedingly rare, especially memorabilia like the Newsweek issue.

RR Auction said a total of 34 bids from 18 qualified bidders were placed during the auction, which started last week. The final $50,587 price includes a buyer's premium.

The auction house is familiar with Jobs-related lots, and in March sold an autographed poster from the 1992 NeXTWorld Expo for $19.600. Four years prior, the firm sold a 1978 contract signed by Jobs for $40,000.

Though he died in 2011, Jobs' legacy is still tangible at Apple, from the company's pursuit of design perfection to its corporate structure and beyond. Apple commemorated its co-founder by dedicating the futuristic auditorium that overlooks the new Apple Park campus "Steve Jobs Theater."

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    This explains him choosing Cook as a successor :-), and one of his first picks when coming back to Apple.


    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Speaking of autographs, I was watching the familiar black and white news footage of Kennedy arriving in Dallas (Love Field?) on the day he was assassinated. At one point he goes over to the crowd and signs something for a guy. The guy is clearly identifiable. Wonder if that was the last autograph he ever signed and if the guy or his descendents still have it. Could be worth a pile. 
    napoleon_phoneapartracerhomiejony0
  • Reply 3 of 7
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,481member
    We miss you Steve. I just rewatched the entire original 2007 iPhone unveiling Thursday night while I was waiting for midnight to order my iPhone X. 
    watto_cobraGeorgeBMac
  • Reply 4 of 7
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 1,759member
    A good friend has the premier issue of MacWorld he got Jobs to autograph at the opening of the San Francisco Apple Store. I took a look back at a photo gallery of the event and notice he and another coworker of mine (at the time) in the images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifostore/sets/72157627344655940/
    I worked night-shift at the time, so didn't make it there until later in the day. It's a bit sad that a place a spent a good bit of time in is now gone. (Haven't been to the new one yet, though.) I also met Jobs once at the Palo Alto Apple Store, but didn't have anything to autograph. I just said 'Hi' and thanked him for all he'd done. :)
    GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 5 of 7
    And on Friday Paul Newman’s Rolex sold for $17.8 MILLION. 

    Take that Apple Watch /s
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    ariearie Posts: 24member
    cgWerks said:
    A good friend has the premier issue of MacWorld he got Jobs to autograph at the opening of the San Francisco Apple Store. I took a look back at a photo gallery of the event and notice he and another coworker of mine (at the time) in the images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifostore/sets/72157627344655940/
    I worked night-shift at the time, so didn't make it there until later in the day. It's a bit sad that a place a spent a good bit of time in is now gone. (Haven't been to the new one yet, though.) I also met Jobs once at the Palo Alto Apple Store, but didn't have anything to autograph. I just said 'Hi' and thanked him for all he'd done. :)
    I love the pictures. Thanks for sharing. 
    cgWerkswatto_cobraGeorgeBMac
  • Reply 7 of 7
    Speaking of autographs, I was watching the familiar black and white news footage of Kennedy arriving in Dallas (Love Field?) on the day he was assassinated. At one point he goes over to the crowd and signs something for a guy. The guy is clearly identifiable. Wonder if that was the last autograph he ever signed and if the guy or his descendents still have it. Could be worth a pile. 
    Kennedy and Jobs - Two icons who changed our world with their vision and values during their all too brief lives...

    I am grateful I was alive during both of these periods...  Both are examples of vision, values and courage to follow and emulate.
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