A job application filled out by Steve Jobs in 1973, when he was 18, has set a new world record for the former Apple CEO’s signature at auction.
The lot sold for $174,757 at RR Auction on March 15. That’s more than triple the previous record, set at $50,500 for a signed copy of Newsweek last year.
The following year he’d go travelling around India, before returning to the US. In 1975, Steve Wozniak created the first Apple-1.
A 2001 Mac OS X Administration Basics manual signed by Jobs was another highlight, achieving $41,806.
“He asked me whether he knew me. I told him I certainly knew who he was and immediately asked him if he would be kind enough to sign my Mac OS X Administration technical manual.
“He refused and said ‘I feel weird doing that.’ I refused to back down. After a bit of cajoling on my part, he finally told me to hand over the manual and pen. He said ‘give me those’ and he autographed my manual.”
Other highlights of the sale included a 1976 tour poster signed by reggae legend Bob Marley.
It’s a particularly fine example of Marley’s signature, which appears alongside others from members of the Wailers and their road crew.