At the world’s first auction, the typewritten paper document of the future Apple guru was sold at the same time – and for the same starting price – as a digitized version, deeply encrypted on the Internet.
But after a week, 43 bids for the physical lot ended with a final price of $ 343,000 – while its blockchain incarnation attracted only 10 bidders and ended at 12 Etherium – worth $ 27,460.
Jobs, 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 Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
Jobs lists his early interests and skills on 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 bought the application form with a group of like-minded employees for £ 204,000 at a Charterfields auction four months ago.
He sold 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.
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.
Before the auction, Joshi said he hoped the lot would be “massive evidence of NFTs and their role in culture.”