The first application from teve Jobs will be auctioned off today in the world’s first auction, in which the form will be sold at the same time – and for the same starting price – as a pure digital version.
The Apple co-founder, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56, filled out an application for an undisclosed role in 1973, a year before joining video game startup Atari, where he met his co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
The application – which came a year before Jobs joined video game startup Atari as a technician – is a window to a pivotal moment that shaped the way we communicate and connect globally today.
Jobs lists his early interests and skills in the form, and notes his experience with computers, calculators, design, and electronics.
Ironically, he doesn’t have a phone, and although he has a driver’s license, access to transportation is “possible but not likely”.
Young entrepreneur Olly Joshi and his staff bought the application form for £ 204,000 at a Charterfields auction just four months ago.
Now Joshi is selling the form along with his non-fungible token (NFT). An NFT is a unique digital asset that represents a real object that is embossed on a blockchain and guarantees its authenticity. The buyer owns the original digital asset and proof of its authenticity is built into the code of the NFT.
NFTs are traded online, often using cryptocurrency, which has recently gained popularity as a way to trade digital artwork. They are usually stored on the Ethereum blockchain.
The form will be auctioned at the same time – and at the same starting price – as the purely digital NFT version
/ Olly Joshi
A major auction house first offered a digital-only artwork with an NFT in March when Christie’s sold one by digital artist Mike Winklemann aka Beeple for $ 70 million (£ 51 million). It was also the first time crypto had been used to pay for a work of art at a major auction.
Ahead of the auction, Joshi said he hoped the lot “will be massive evidence of NFTs and their role in culture,” pointing out the suitability of an article by the Apple founder.
The Rarible NFT marketplace hosts the application’s token. It will be available in Ethereum. The auction software company Snoofa hosts the physical auction and is offered to buyers in crypto and US dollars.
The auction will run for a week from 5.41pm on Wednesday July 21st. The timing pays homage to the moment Jobs will showcase the next killer product at its launch events.