Wealthy people continue to attribute unreasonable value to items associated with the rich and / or famous, so here is another auction of relics touched by our Lord and Savior Steve Jobs (peace be upon him).

Among the paraphernalia to be flogged by the Boston RR Auction is a signed Apple II manual addressed to the son of Michael Brewer, an entrepreneur who won Apple’s exclusive UK distribution rights in 1979.

Opposite the table of contents, the Apple co-founder wrote:

Apple’s second CEO and angel investor Mike Markkula has also signed the document.

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Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, said in a statement, “Steve Jobs ‘inscription is a powerful expression of his great ambition and vision for the future of Apple and personal computing as a whole,” and the auction house added, “Jobs’ inscription was prophetic, with Gen Xers like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, who are really ‘changing the world’ with technology after being the first to ‘grew up with computers’. “

Unfortunately, we’ve never heard of Julian Brewer, but we’ve been told that he “wrote game reviews for Apple User Magazine before studying Computing Science at Imperial College London and then working for IBM. After his MBA at Wharton, Julian did several founded successful small businesses, including a software company whose games were distributed on JVC video cameras. ” None of this could have happened without Jobs’ blessing. Amen.

He recalls, “I was sitting in my bedroom writing games on my Apple II when Dad called me over to meet some guests. To my amazement, it was Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula. I had the instructions with me and have only later understood how rare. ” It was Jobs’ turn to sign everything, let alone write such an inscription. He got on well with Dad so I have a feeling the inscription was done with care. “

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However, the young dollar’s move to IBM down the line would likely have led Jobs to include among the Apple-related lots to be sold is his leather bomber jacket, which he was wearing in this photo.

In addition, a fully functional Apple-1 will be auctioned together with an Altair 8800, Apple II and Apple Lisa from the collection of personal computing pioneer Roger Wagner. The first is described as “extremely rare” and regularly collects six figures at similar events.


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You can find minimum bids and estimated prices here. The “Apple and Steve Jobs” auction starts on August 12th and runs until August 19th.

Well-heeled Apple fanbois are sure to watch the sale with interest, and while we could discuss the virtues of throwing heaps of money on outdated hardware and scribbling not particularly nice people, at least no damn NFT is in sight. ®