A Steve Jobs signed letter to an autograph seeker is among Apple memorabilia up for auction from Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page typed letter on Apple Computer, Inc. letterhead is dated May 11, 1983. Letter to L. N. Varon in Imperial Beach, California, in full: “I’m honored that you’d write, but I’m afraid I don’t sign autographs.
“A notoriously difficult signer, Steve Jobs routinely declined most requests—whether in person or through the mail, he very rarely satisfied the appeals of autograph seekers. In this curious correspondence, he both declines to sign an autograph—perhaps a photograph or magazine was enclosed—while boldly endorsing the close of the letter in ink with his distinctive, lowercase signature. “It’s a remarkable early autograph from Apple’s Iconic founder,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. Led by extremely rare early Apple hardware and several autographs of the company’s founder, Steve Jobs, this auction marks RR Auction’s third foray into the wonderful world of Apple.In addition to a series of early computers from the collection of personal computing pioneer Roger Wagner—an Apple-1, Apple II, and Apple Lisa, and altair 8800. The sale is also highlighted by a remarkable Apple II manual, prophetically signed by Steve Jobs in 1980: “Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world!” Among other represented lots is a Steve Jobs’s leather bomber jacket, worn in the iconic 1983′ middle finger to IBM’ photo, a Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin signed 128K Macintosh Motherboard Display, and Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak signed issue of Macworld #1. This specially curated selection—just thirty or so exclusive items documents the spirit and advancements of the computer revolution.
Bidding for the Steve Jobs and Apple Auction from RR Auction will begin on August 12 and conclude on August 19. For more information, go to www.rrauction.com.—
7012. Apple-1 ComputerThis Apple-1 was one of the first to be publicly auctioned, sold in April 2002 at the Vintage Computer Festival in California. It was purchased by Roger Wagner, a personal computing pioneer who authored the first book on assembly-language programming for the Apple II. He is a longtime friend of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who said: ‘Roger Wagner didn’t just read the first book on programming the Apple computer—he wrote it.’The Apple-1 was originally conceived by Steve Jobs and Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak as a bare circuit board to be sold as a kit and completed by electronics hobbyists. Their initial market was Palo Alto’s Homebrew Computer Club. Wozniak alone designed the hardware, circuit board designs, and operating system for the computer. Seeking a larger audience, Jobs approached Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of the first personal computer stores in the world. Aiming to elevate the computer beyond the realm of the hobbyist, Terrell agreed to purchase 50 Apple-1 computers, but only if they were fully assembled. The Apple-1 thus became one of the first ‘personal’ computers, which did not require soldering by the end-user. Altogether, over a span of about ten months, Jobs and Wozniak produced about 200 Apple-1 computers and sold 175 of them.It includes the original Apple-1 Operating Manual proof pages, individually signed by Ronald Wayne and embossed with his personal seal. This set consists of the front cover, which features the original Apple Computer Co. logo designed by Wayne. Additionally included are several items from Roger Wagner’s association with Steve Wozniak, including several photographs and two signed items.”Between the significant provenance, owned by a pioneering technologist and software designer, this is an outstanding example of an Apple-1 Computer,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. Estimate: $450,000
7001. Steve Jobs Signed Apple II ManualThe extraordinary original spiral-bound Apple II Reference Manual, is signed and inscribed opposite the Table of Contents by the iconic Apple co-founder, “Julian, Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world! steven jobs, 1980” and by Apple’s angel investor and second CEO, “Mike Markkula, 1980.”
At the time they signed, Jobs and Markkula were in the UK to promote Apple—cultivating it from Cupertino start-up to global phenomenon. “Steve Jobs inscription powerfully conveys his grand ambition and vision for the future of Apple and personal computing as a whole,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
7008. Steve Jobs’s Personally-Owned and -Worn Leather Bomber J…Steve Jobs’s personally-owned and worn dark brown leather bomber jacket, made by Wilkes Bashford of San Francisco, famously seen in an iconic 1983 photograph of Jobs flipping the bird to an IBM sign in New York City. The zip-up jacket features a black shearling collar, white shearling lining, and two snap-down pouch pockets on the front.
The famous image of Jobs surfaced in 2011, when it was posted online by Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh development team. He recalled: ‘In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time.’ Estimate: $25,000
7004. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak Signed Issue of Macworld #1…7005. Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin Signed 128K Macintosh Motherboard …Min Bid: $5,000 (0 bids)Estimate: $40,000+
7019. Douglas Engelbart’s Three-Button ‘X-Y’ Mouses…Early three-button Engelbart ‘X-Y’ mouse with rare prototype—one of just ten made!Two rare, early examples of the three-button computer mouse designed by computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart. These early mice used two discs (corresponding to the X-axis and Y-axis) on the bottom to locate the position of the cursor, rather than the ball or optical light that came to be used later. Both have intact cords in the front, complete with serial connectors. These were presented by Engelbart to a member of his Stanford Research Institute staff in 1978.Estimate: $50,000
7013. Apple Lisa ComputerEstimate: $25,000Steve Jobs Bomber Jacker // Photo: Andy Hertzfield (copyright unknown)