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By Alastair Tancred For Mailonline Published: 08:27 EDT, 17 March 2018 | Updated: 09:47 EDT, 17 March 2018 A one-page job application filled out by Apple founder Steve Jobs submitted more than 40 years ago has sold for £125,000 at a U.S. auction.The sale, more than three times the pre-sale...

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A one-page job application filled out by Apple founder Steve Jobs submitted more than 40 years ago has sold for £125,000 at a U.S. auction.

The sale, more than three times the pre-sale estimate, was made along with other Apple memorabilia including an Apple Mac OS X technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001 that sold for about £30,000.

Also sold was a rare signed newspaper clipping from 2008 featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Developers Conference that sold for £20,000. Many of the items sold for more than double their estimates.

Steve Jobs (left) and Steve Wozniak, co-founders of Apple Computer Inc, at the first West Coast Computer Fair, where the Apple II computer was debuted, in Brooks Hall, San Francisco, California, April 16th or 17th, 1977

Steve Jobs (left) and Steve Wozniak, co-founders of Apple Computer Inc, at the first West Coast Computer Fair, where the Apple II computer was debuted, in Brooks Hall, San Francisco, California, April 16th or 17th, 1977

Steve Jobs (left) and Steve Wozniak, co-founders of Apple Computer Inc, at the first West Coast Computer Fair, where the Apple II computer was debuted, in Brooks Hall, San Francisco, California, April 16th or 17th, 1977

The pinnacle piece from the auction was an employment application filled out by Jobs at the age of 18, revealing his early aspiration to work in the tech industry that he would one day revolutionise 

The pinnacle piece from the auction was an employment application filled out by Jobs at the age of 18, revealing his early aspiration to work in the tech industry that he would one day revolutionise 

The pinnacle piece from the auction was an employment application filled out by Jobs at the age of 18, revealing his early aspiration to work in the tech industry that he would one day revolutionise 

A newspaper clipping from 2008, three years before his death, featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference for the introduction of the iPhone 3G sold for £20,000

A newspaper clipping from 2008, three years before his death, featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference for the introduction of the iPhone 3G sold for £20,000

A newspaper clipping from 2008, three years before his death, featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference for the introduction of the iPhone 3G sold for £20,000

Steve Jobs was renowned for his reluctance to sign products which is why this Mac OS X Technical Manual in 2001 was so valuable

Steve Jobs was renowned for his reluctance to sign products which is why this Mac OS X Technical Manual in 2001 was so valuable

Steve Jobs was renowned for his reluctance to sign products which is why this Mac OS X Technical Manual in 2001 was so valuable

But the pinnacle piece was an employment application filled out by Jobs at the age of 18, revealing his early aspiration to work in the tech industry that he would one day revolutionise. It was sold to an unnamed London internet bidder.  

The 1973 application, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, lists his name as ‘Steven jobs’ and address as ‘reed college,’ the Portland, Oregon, college he attended briefly. Next to ‘Phone:’ he wrote ‘none’, Cnbc.com reported.

Under a section titled ‘Special Abilities,’ Jobs wrote ‘tech or design engineer. digital.—from Bay near Hewitt-Packard,’ a reference to pioneering California technology company Hewlett-Packard and the San Francisco Bay area.

The document does not state what position or company the application was intended for. Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple about three years later.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears at Apple's special media event to introduce the second generation iPad at Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 2, 2011 in California

Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears at Apple's special media event to introduce the second generation iPad at Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 2, 2011 in California

Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears at Apple’s special media event to introduce the second generation iPad at Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 2, 2011 in California

Jobs (seen here in 2010) resigned as CEO of Apple in August 2011 and died from pancreatic cancer in the following October

Jobs (seen here in 2010) resigned as CEO of Apple in August 2011 and died from pancreatic cancer in the following October

Jobs (seen here in 2010) resigned as CEO of Apple in August 2011 and died from pancreatic cancer in the following October

Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone 4 as he delivers the opening keynote address at the  Apple World Wide Developers conference June 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California

Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone 4 as he delivers the opening keynote address at the  Apple World Wide Developers conference June 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California

Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone 4 as he delivers the opening keynote address at the Apple World Wide Developers conference June 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California

RR Auction said the high price reflected the continuing influence of Jobs, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56.

‘There are many collectors who have earned disposable income over the last few decades using Apple technology, and we expect similarly strong results on related material in the future,’ Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, said in a statement.

He said that Jobs was notorious for not allowing his signature to be used for products he co-produced and that ‘his autograph is incredibly scarce among contemporary figures’.

The signed Mac OS X Administration technical manual was only obtained because the seller relentlessly cajoled Jobs into providing his signature.

Also included in the sale was the newspaper clipping from 2008, three years before his death, featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference for the introduction of the iPhone 3G.

The headline, which was signed by Jobs, reads ‘New, faster iPhone will sell for $199’ and featured an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. 

The Pop Culture auction from RR Auction began on March 8 and concluded on March 15.

More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

 

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