The Apple Computer manual autographed by Steve Jobs sold for the highest price
Sep 03, 2021
August 23, 2021 -- According to A report by CNN, An Apple II manual signed by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and early Apple investor Mike Markkula sold for $787,484 at Boston-based RR Auctions last week.
"Julian, your generation is the first to grow up with computers," Jobs wrote across the 196-page catalog. Go change the world! Steve Jobs, 1980."
In a statement, RR Auctions said Jobs and Markkula signed the manual while promoting the Computer in the United Kingdom. Recipient Julian Brewer is the son of a British entrepreneur who worked with Apple to distribute their products in the UK.
"I was in my bedroom coding a game on my Apple II when my dad called me downstairs to meet some guests," Brewer recalls. To my surprise, it turned out to be Jobs and Mark Kula. I carried the manual with me, and it wasn't until later that I learned that Jobs rarely signed things, let alone wrote an inscription like this. He was very good with my father, so I think he wrote it from his heart."
The Apple II, released in 1977, was Apple's first successful product and is often considered one of the first mass-market computers. The first spreadsheet, VisiCalc, was written for the Apple II in 1979, and it extended the computer's popularity to the commercial market.
"Whereas the Apple II was primarily aimed at hobbyists and fewer than 200 units were produced, the Apple II truly 'changed the world', putting personal computers in about 6 million homes and businesses for the first time," RR Auctions said. Revenue from the Apple II supported Apple's successful public offering, which at the time was the largest technology INITIAL public offering."
Jim Irsay, the owner of the AFC's Indianapolis Colts, reportedly took a photo of the manual. "When we think about the greatest and most creative people of the last two centuries, Steve Jobs certainly ranks among them." "Steve Was a truly transformative figure who changed the way humans think, do business and interact on a daily basis," he said in a statement.
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