Steve Jobs' handwritten Apple I specifications sheet could fetch $60,000 at auction

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A sheet of paper featuring the handwriting of Steve Jobs is headed to auction, with the document consisting of a specification sheet for the Apple I expected to fetch up to $60,000 when it goes on sale on Wednesday.

Steve Jobs letter Auction Apple I


Offered as part of Bonham's History of Science and Technology including Space History auction, taking place in New York on December 5, lot 631 is described as an "Autograph Manuscript Signed" by "Steven Jobs" that amounts to the specifications of the Apple I motherboard.

According to the auction house, the Apple co-founder continued his momentum after selling 50 boards to the Byte shop by marketing the Apple-I PCBs to friends and acquaintances. The page itself is said to have been given to a cosigner during a visit to Jobs' garage, as a description of what he was offered.

The sheet itself mentions the board uses either the 6800, 6501, or 6502 microprocessor, with the latter two recommended "because we have basic," with Jobs also touting the "full crt terminal" and "58 ic's which includes 16 for 8K ram!!" The claim of "basic on the way (ROM)" eventually did happen, but in the later Apple II.

Towards the bottom of the sheet, it is revealed the offer of a board and manual for $75 was considered "a real deal" by Jobs, who also provided his contact information. Polaroid photographs were also supplied, and also accompany the lot.

One shot depicts an Apple-1 on a table alongside a power supply, monitor, and keyboard, and is said to be similar to the "Production Prototype" number 2 in Mike Willegal's Apple I Registry. The other shows the readout from a display connected to an Apple-1, with handwriting below the image including Jobs' contact details and the line "40x24 OR 26 lines / fuzzy because camera wiggled."

The document, on 3-hole punched graph paper, stands to raise considerably more money at auction than the Apple I it was attempting to sell. According to the guide price, it is expected to bring in between $40,000 and $60,000.

The auction is far from the first where Apple and other Jobs-connected items have gone on sale and fetched high sums. A rare working Apple I logic board sold for $375,000 on September 25, while a Macintosh Plus Computer signed by Jobs and the original nine team members fetched $28,750 at the same auction.

A 1988 copy of Newsweek featuring Steve Jobs on the cover and his signature sold for $50,587 on October 17, tripling pre-auction estimates. In March, an autographed poster from the 1992 NeXTWorld Expo went for $19,600.

More items of Jobs memorabilia may also hit auctions soon. Woodside, California is considering selling off items of historical and architectural significance that it collected from Jobs' Jackling mansion prior to its 2011 demolition.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    payecopayeco Posts: 205member
    Not sure if I’ve ever seen a handwritten note by him before but his handwriting looks exactly like mine. It’s bizzare for me to look at.
    sphericwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,514member
    Steve Jobs has quickly moved from being human to being an icon, part of tech folklore,  a mystical person. Long after those of us who lived through his creative genius period are dead and buried he will still be the subject of business school textbooks, lectures about technology and how it affects people’s lives and culture. Some would argue that Jobs does not deserve that kind of attention but then by all accounts Thomas Edison was a scoundrel of epic proportions yet his place in history is cemented. Like him or not there’s nothing anyone can do about Jobs taking his place in history as a titan of technology. Those who denigrate his achievements are like those continue to claim Einstein was wrong and General Relativity is a farce, even in the face of almost daily experimental confirmation of the theory with the detection of gravity waves being the most recent.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    payeco said:
    Not sure if I’ve ever seen a handwritten note by him before but his handwriting looks exactly like mine. It’s bizzare for me to look at.
    Maybe you can sell hand written replicas of this on Etsy for $20.
    macplusplusanton zuykovJWSC
  • Reply 4 of 8
    "Vidio," eh? That makes me feel better.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    I get the feeling this could go for a LOT more. It has so much geek chic... not fashion... not trendy... true engineering geek chic. Most items are parts of a computer or such. This is so perfect to frame and put on a wall as an inspirational shrine. I hope whoever gets it smiles at it at least once a day and then gets back to work on their latest and greatest endeavor that is changing the world...
    anton zuykovwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,606member
    A real deal!
  • Reply 7 of 8
    macguimacgui Posts: 955member
    payeco said:
    Not sure if I’ve ever seen a handwritten note by him before but his handwriting looks exactly like mine. It’s bizzare for me to look at.
    Do you write with your left hand? I see much more commonalities in left handed writing than with righties. This is especially true with younger people who don't do as much writing these days.

    If you write with your right hand, then that would be bizarre.


    cwingrav said:
    I get the feeling this could go for a LOT more. It has so much geek chic... not fashion... not trendy... true engineering geek chic. Most items are parts of a computer or such. This is so perfect to frame and put on a wall as an inspirational shrine. I hope whoever gets it smiles at it at least once a day and then gets back to work on their latest and greatest endeavor that is changing the world...
    I was thinking the same thing regarding the sale. I would like to think that somebody who could and would spend that much money would do it out of true geek chic appreciation.
    cwingrav
  • Reply 8 of 8
    80s Engineer80s Engineer Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    Engineering pad paper, not graph paper. Went through tons of that while at university.
    watto_cobra
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