Steve Jobs’ job application joint auction sees real world thrash web


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.”