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Apple Founding Documents Sell for Nearly $1.6 Million

Late last month, we noted that Apple's founding corporate papers were headed up for auction, with Sotheby's estimating that the documents would fetch in the range of $100,000-$150,000. The set of documents included the original three-page contract signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne, as well as several other documents related to withdrawal from the company just 12 days after it was founded.


According to the Sotheby's auction page for the documents, which are part of an ongoing sale of fine books and manuscripts, the lot sold for $1,594,500, considerably higher than the pre-auction estimates. That price includes a buyer's premium of 12% paid to Sotheby's.

The identity of the winning bidder has not been revealed, but the seller was identified last week as Wade Saadi, who purchased the documents from Ron Wayne in 1994 for "several thousand dollars".

Update: Sotheby's appears to have removed the final sales price from the auction listing for unknown reasons. Fortune reports that the winning bid came in via telephone at $1.35 million, although that figure apparently does not include the buyer's premium.

Update 2: As reported by the BBC, the winning bidder was Eduardo Cisneros, an executive whose Miami-based company owns stakes in a number of different companies.


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60 months ago
Man, Ron Wayne just can't catch a break.
Rating: 18 Votes
60 months ago
The seller was identified last week as Wade Saadi, who purchased the documents from Ron Wayne in 1994 for "several thousand dollars".

LOL.. Wayne just never did stop making bad business decisions... I really feel bad for that guy. At least he has a good sense of humor.

Bryan
Rating: 10 Votes
60 months ago
Hey its either these original documents or 320 12 core Mac Pros. Take your pick :D
Rating: 6 Votes
60 months ago
Boy, Ron Wayne really seems to make bad financial decisions, especially in regards to apple.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/apple-co-founder-ron-waynes-long-strange-and-sad-trip/
Rating: 4 Votes
60 months ago

Man, Ron Wayne just can't catch a break.


You beat me to it! Poor Ron. Anyway, I suspected these would go for big bucks. You basically have the blueprint for one of the most storied businesses in all the world. It's a good thing I don't have the money. I would have dropped as much on these.

Bryan
Rating: 3 Votes
60 months ago
Thats a lot of money for some paper with their signatures. I guess I just don't get it. What in the world is the buyer going to do with them?

Personally, I could find better things to spend $1.6 million on.
Rating: 3 Votes
60 months ago
My guess is that apple bought them. Business's like to control their origin story.
Rating: 2 Votes
60 months ago
Figured $150,000 was a really low estimate for those docs
Rating: 2 Votes
60 months ago

Do you know anything about antiques and collectibles? :confused:

Would you just throw a Wayne Gretzky rookie card in your wallet?

Do you think an original Andy Warhol is just a canvas with some paint blotches on it?


I guess it is worth to some people and not to others. I wouldn't pay more than 100$ for those papers. However, I would pay even more than one million for a music score written by the hand of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or Ligeti, if I had the money.
Rating: 2 Votes
60 months ago

people need to stop "pitying" ron and commenting on what a bad business man he was/decisions he made/regrets he has.

Not everyone judges their life and accomplishments on how much money they made or could have made but by the life they led, people they've surrounded themselves, and so on.

Maybe he regrets his decision. Maybe he's had a wonderful and fulfilling life and couldn't care less. Either way - no one on here should take cheap shots or poke fun at him for doing what he believed to be in his own best interest. It's really not for "you" to decide.

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Rating: 1 Votes

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