'Toy Story' poster signed by Steve Jobs to hit auction

in General Discussion edited March 2020
Apple fans will get a chance to get their hands on a piece of history this week when a poster for Pixar's "Toy Story," signed by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, goes up for auction.

Pixar Auction

Listed as an "incredibly scarce" piece of Pixar memorabilia, the signed poster hits the auction block at Nate D. Sanders Auctions on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Measuring 24 inches-by-36 inches, the poster features main characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear, who are seen posing over the Pixar logo. Steve Jobs signed the piece after 1995, when "Toy Story" made its way into theaters as the world's first film created entirely from computer animated footage. It also marked Pixar's feature film debut.

Jobs played a central role in the development of Pixar Animation Studios, which started life as a branch of Lucasfilm. Credited as a company co-founder, Jobs pumped millions of dollars of personal money into the project and guided the firm through tumultuous beginnings as its chairman and, eventually, CEO.

Disney ultimately purchased Pixar in 2006 as part of a deal that netted Jobs an estimated $4 billion and a seat at the animation giant's board of directors. Thanks to a nearly 50% personal stake in Pixar prior to the acquisition, he also became Disney's largest individual shareholder.

Jobs' impact is reportedly still felt at Pixar, and in 2012 the vaunted animation studio renamed its main campus office building to honor the late tech guru.

Bidding for the Jobs-signed Pixar poster starts at $25,000 on Thursday.

Previous auctions of items bearing Jobs' signature have sold for between $27,000 for a newspaper clipping to over $174,000 for a job application.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,714member
    I’d love to have this - an awesome piece of memorabilia on several fronts. 

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid it’s a bit above my price range...
  • Reply 2 of 5
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,600member
    If you read the auction details, the authentication of this item is entirely based on signature analysis. No mention of chain of custody. 
  • Reply 3 of 5
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,772member
    I've always wonder whether or not someone has made an investment business out of collectables. You buy in for shares of an ownership interest in the collection, and the assets are traded much like other marketable securities, like stocks, bonds, futures contracts. A curator is paid a fee. But the cool part would be that the securities "vault" is visitable by owners. You can actually go see and be close to these items.

    ready go
  • Reply 4 of 5
    So Disney paid more for Pixar than it did for LucasFilm. Interesting.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Yes it is quite shocking but we have to accept the fact that Pixar was paid more than that.
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