Employment Questionnaire and Two Signatures From Steve Jobs Going Up for Auction

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An auction site is set to sell off three pieces of Steve Jobs memorabilia, including a rare employment questionnaire filled out by the former Apple CEO.

    Jobs filled out the application in 1973, just after dropping out of Reed College, where he attended school for approximately six months and then audited classes for another year and a half.

    On the document, Jobs lists "english lit" as his major, and Reed College as his address. He lists "Computer" and "Calculator" as skills, along with "Design" and "Tech," and says that he has special abilities that include "Electronics" and digital "Tech or Design Engineer."


    Auction site RR Auction expects the questionnaire to fetch upwards of $50,000 at auction.

    Along with the questionnaire, the site also plans to auction off two documents that feature a rare Steve Jobs signature. The first is a Mac OS X technical manual that Jobs signed back in 2001, and there's a short story that goes along with the signature, obtained in a parking lot following an Apple training session in Cupertino.

    The signed manual is expected to go for approximately $25,000 when it's placed up for auction, and it's being compared to a signed magazine cover that sold for $50,000 back in October of 2017.

    The third document is a newspaper clipping from 2008, which features an image of Steve Jobs speaking at the Worldwide Developers Conference where the iPhone 3G was introduced. Jobs signed the newspaper at the Fraiche Yogurt shop in Palo Alto, California where he was eating frozen yogurt with Tony Fadell, who also signed the document.

    The signature on the newspaper is expected to fetch somewhere around $15,000 when it is auctioned off.

    The three Steve Jobs auctions will kick off on March 8 and will end on March 15 at RR Auction.

    Article Link: Employment Questionnaire and Two Signatures From Steve Jobs Going Up for Auction
  2. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Hmm, maybe I should put my rare Steve Jobs strand of hair up for auction. $100k doesn't seem too low a starting price, yeah?
  3. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
  4. BaltimoreMediaBlog macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    DC / Baltimore / Northeast
    This is like a Super Hero origin story of the Reality Distortion Field being unearthed!

    But it's good to know that phony resumes can work.

    I am thinking of a Geico commercial.

    English literature non-grad a Design Engineer?

    You can save a whole lot of money by switching to Bill Gates! :D

    To avoid derision, the point is that a non-grad was the better design engineer in the end in my opinion. But the joke still stands.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    And he would be turning 63 years old. Far too young for him not to be in the world anymore. I still think it’s amazing to reflect back on the technological changes that he introduced (And changed) and how it carries over to Apples DNA today.
  6. icanhazapple macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
  7. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    He was the driving force of Apple. It just won’t be the same without him (and isn’t).

    I’m not looking to start trouble with this post so please don’t.
  8. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
    I wonder how many other massively influential business people in decades to come would leave a legacy so many treasure that meant that a relatively nondescript job app form of theirs would command the equivalent of $50k (and likely more)?

    Bill Gates, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Mark "Please, call me the messiah" Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, even Elon Musk...

    None of them come close to earning the levels of adoration and admiration that so many people have for Steve Jobs. That in itself is a quite remarkable achievement.
  9. prasand macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2015
    UES, New York
  10. michaelant macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2006
    I read this and you know, my main take away is the people badgering for autographs.. are kinda cruddy people.

    If somebody said sorry, no thanks, I don't want to sign, I'd drop it immediately. But then, I think I've asked for an autograph just once in my life.
  11. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    lol - was looking at that a bit closer - probobale? I'm no expert on cursive.
  12. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2005
    I bet his employment questionnaire goes for more than 50K.

    He did not like to sign things because he has a terrible signature, just like me.
  13. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Sometimes I find myself watching old Steve videos on YouTube
  14. hamiltonrwatch macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2014
    slightly right of left
    Because they're all in his shadow.:D
  15. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2017
    Can I auction off the email Steve Jobs sent me on 20-07-2005? How much might it fetch?
  16. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Sounds like you were close. How well did you know him?
  17. Lyoha macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2014
    I am a Steve Jobs fanboy, but I would not care so much about a paper he signed, especially if it meant forking out thousands of dollars. I think Steve Jobs would appreciate carrying out the spirit of his work more than than the people idolizing him; it's kind of creepy. In the words of Zen Master Linji, "If you meet the Buddha, kill him."
  18. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    A lot of people have emails from him. I received one as well and frankly never even though about saving it. He was known to respond to customers directly and often.

    Plus, add the hundreds of thousands of emails he must have sent to many different people. I doubt an email would be worth anything. Maybe two cents?
  19. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The company to which he was applying is oddly not stated either on the form or in the auction listing. Would have thought that would be the main interest in the piece.
  20. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Interesting catch. Your mail indeed is offering way more personality and value instead of an autograph on a newspaper. But in contrast it will only offer a symbolic value. Yet I guess this is what Steve was all about.
  21. Zorn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2006
    Is it just me or does the story behind the OS X manual sound suspect? Jobs refused to sign it then this random dude somehow talked him into doing it just that easy? And Jobs was famously known to park across the handicap spots at 1 Infinite Loop, was this guy parked in a handicap space, or how was he having a chat with the CEO from inside his car?
  22. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Are you forgetting John Legere ???
  23. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    My buddy who's an expert on email said it could be worth $5,000. But the most I can give you is $5 and I might make a profit. The truth is it's going to sit on my computer for years before I find a buyer.
  24. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Nah, he really wasn't. He was very much his own person. He just knew what we wanted (...most of the time.)
  25. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2017
    For purposes of appraisal, here's the email in its entirety: "Maybe you need to do a clean install." I'd say that's a $7,500 email, when the raw header data is included,... at the very least? It's almost priceless, actually.

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