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Apple's Original Corporate Papers Heading to Auction, Could Fetch $150,000


Bloomberg reports that Sotheby's is preparing to auction off the original three-page document that served as the contract among Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne to establish Apple Computer on April 1st, 1976. The auction, set for December 13th, is predicted to see the document fetch $100,000 to $150,000.
“This is a foundation document in terms of financial history, social history and technological history,” said Richard Austin, the head of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s in New York.
Additional papers documenting Ron Wayne's withdrawal as a partner just 12 days after the company was formed are also included in the auction package. Wayne initially received $800 for his 10% share of the company, and later received an additional $1,500 payment.


According to Sotheby's, Wayne sold the documents to a manuscript dealer at some point before another party acquired them in the mid-1990s as Apple appeared close to bankruptcy before Jobs returned to the company. That party has now decided to sell the documents given the recent publicity about Jobs following his death and the release of his authorized biography.

The Sotheby's auction of "fine books and manuscripts" includes over 350 separate lots, with the $100,000-$150,000 estimate for the Apple documents ranking in a tie for third with a 1733 map of America. The most valuable lot is predicted to be a 1789 letter from George Washington, which is estimated to sell for $300,000-$500,000.

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31 months ago
Apple should purchase the documents, frame them and make it as a permanent display in their new spaceship HQ.
Rating: 27 Positives
31 months ago
Pawn Stars will buy it for $50
Rating: 23 Positives
31 months ago

Pawn Stars will buy it for $50


only after they've brought in a buddy expert to take a look at them first of course.
Rating: 17 Positives
31 months ago

Could Fetch $150,000


It could fetch $150,000,000 if there's a dumb enough buyer.
Rating: 11 Positives
31 months ago

It could fetch $150,000,000 if there's a dumb enough buyer.


Dumb?? :confused:

This is an absolute gem of an item. It's a piece of Silicon Valley history, and not just any piece.
Rating: 11 Positives
31 months ago
Saw a recent interview with Wayne. He was nothing but realistic about his having given away his share of Apple. It made sense at the time, so he did it, felt no regrets, and is quite genuinely happy to see the boys become as successful as they did. Good-natured guy, a rarity among bazillionares.
Rating: 9 Positives
31 months ago
Ron Wayne, April 12th, 1976, "Cool!, $800!"
Ron Wayne, November 28th, 2011, "Doh!"
Rating: 7 Positives
31 months ago

Pawn Stars will buy it for $50


With the comment:

"Yea, it's cool but I don't know if there is a market for it. I can't afford to pay $100 for it and have it sit for two months!" :D

only after they've brought in a buddy expert to take a look at them first of course.


For sure: "Seems to be paper from the 1976 era..."
Rating: 6 Positives
31 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks that this paper is only worth having when you are in a jungle and have nothing else and have to take a ****?


No, that already makes two of us.

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This guy is basically low income - never made any money - not even a millionaire...


Well, then he is in excellent company here. I doubt that there are many millionaires wasting their spare time on macrumors.com.
Rating: 6 Positives
31 months ago
Nice thing to have!
Rating: 5 Positives

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