Steve Jobs' 1973 job application form is being auctioned for a fourth time, now with an...

midian182

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In brief: The 1973 job application form filled in by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is being auctioned for the fourth time, but with an interesting addition. As well as the physical item, a non-fungible token (NFT) version is being sold in a separate auction.

The single-page application for an unspecified position from the former CEO of the world's most valuable company features spelling and punctuation errors, such as "Hewitt-Packard" instead of "Hewlett-Packard." This is the fourth time it has been auctioned, having raised $18,750 in 2017, $174,757 in 2018, and $222,400 last March.

The current auction is a little different from the previous ones as it offers an interesting experiment into whether people might be willing to pay more for an NFT over the real thing. Both a physical and digital version of the application form are up for sale, and with five days left to go, the former is ahead by a seemingly insurmountable margin.

The physical form, currently owned by Winthorpe Ventures and sold via auctioning app Snoofa, has received 19 bids and is now at $32,400. The NFT, available on Rarible and purchasable using Ethereum, has reached the equivalent of $1,029 after nine bids—quite a way off the $5.4 million the NFT of the world wide web's source code recently made.

"The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction aims to highlight the modern shift in perceived value -- the physical or the digital," writes Olly Joshi, the auction's organizer.

Written three years before he founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, Jobs in the form wrote that he has a driver's license but added that his access to transportation is "possible, but not probable." He also noted his skill with computers and calculators, and in the section that asks for a phone number, he wrote "none."

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VitalyT

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Austinturner

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Do people buying these things display Job’s job application or their sealed copy of zelda in a glass case in their living room or something? Or are they “investments” that just get put in secure storage and sold over and over?
 

p51d007

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I wouldn't give you a plug nickel for any of this NFT crap or the phyical one.
But, one man's junk is another man's LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME thing I guess.
 

captaincranky

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My bid is a long string of zeros, with not a "one" in sight, (**). If I win, please tell the auctioneer to,keep it safe for me, by putting it, "some place where the sun don't shine".

(**) Wut, you've never heard of bidding in binary numbers?
 

wiyosaya

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Do people buying these things display Job’s job application or their sealed copy of zelda in a glass case in their living room or something? Or are they “investments” that just get put in secure storage and sold over and over?
I think the answer is obvious that they are looking at them as investments - even if it is worthless to some people, there are always those that look at things like this as trophies.
 

Austinturner

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I think the answer is obvious that they are looking at them as investments - even if it is worthless to some people, there are always those that look at things like this as trophies.
I wonder if they display them though or do they just store them in a bank deposit box. I suspect mostly the later.